Patrick Norguet - Biography


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 (Tacchini, Kristalia, Cassina, Alia, Tolix…) 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 leaves an impression of authenticity and elegance. Today, he is an essential figure on the international design scene.

Awards & Distinctions

Muuuz International Awards 2017, for the Fox Chair, Pedrali 2017
German Design Award 2017
, for Naive Slimtech, Lea Ceramiche 2017
Red Hot 2016 « Best of the Best »
, Kayak chair, Alias Design 2016
Top 100 du Wallpaper Power 200, 2015
Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, 2015
GQ Hommes de l'année 2014, Designer of the year, 2014
Muuuz International Awards 2014, for the outdoor chair T14, Tolix 2014
Wallpaper design Awards 2013, Best domestic design for Jacket armchair, Tacchini 2013
Rétrospective « Dix ans de création », Silvera 2012
Wallpaper design Awards 2011, Best domestic design for collection 01 Collection, Silvera 2011
Red Dot Design Award 2011, for Fly armchair, Offect 2011
Designers Days Awards 2010, pour Fly armchair, Offect 2010
Institut français du Design, Janus de La Santé 2009, for air purifier Plain Air, TLV 2009
Wallpaper design Awards, designer of the year 2009 for air purifier Plain Air, TLV 2009
Designplus Award, Frankfurt 2007, for Mono collection, Flaminia 2007
Exposition au Musée d'Art Moderne de Miami pour la Rainbow chair, Cappellini
International Design Awards, Elle Deco
Designer de l’année 2005 NOW, Maison & objet, Paris 2005
Grand prix du Design de la Ville de Paris, 2005
Sélection ADI Golden Callipers, 2004