Patrick Norguet

“My job is to find the equation that gives an object an anchor in a culture, an anchor in time. I think good design is honest, discreet, and above all, durable. Hence the notion of timelessness.”

Patrick Norguet approaches objects and design from a graphical perspective. Since childhood, he has preferred sketchbooks to textbooks, filling them up with sketches and drawings. A “hands-on” approach of industry and design studies in Paris (ESDI) mark the unusual profile of this constructive rebel.

His career underwent a dramatic change in 2000 when Giulio Cappellini spotted his now famous Rainbow Chair. He joined the circle of designers that matter and created his Parisian studio. Since that time, he has been designing for major producers and renowned brands.

For Patrick Norguet, design is first and foremost about happy encounters. What he is most passionate about is exchanging with manufacturers, discovering their know-how; the impulse of a creative intention refined by technical constraints, economic stakes and the expectations of a user whom he hopes to discreetly but durably win over.

Drawing inspiration from everything that surrounds him, Patrick Norguet does not follow trends but seeks to give shape to products whose relevance and modernity would withstand the test of time: “A well-designed object, an object created through generous collaboration is timeless.”

From consumer products to luxury objects, Patrick Norguet brings authenticity and elegance. Today, he is an essential figure on the international design scene.

For us at Zanat it was an honor to be approached by Patrick, whose work we’ve known and admired for a long time. This was Zanat’s first design partnership that started through virtual talks during the pandemic. Despite the physical distance, we developed a dialogue, a connection, and were able to design and develop the first product of our collaboration, Morpho bench, through cyberspace communication.

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