French furniture manufacturer Fermob has been expertly keeping the outdoors colorful, functional, and playful for decades. Seasonal variety comes by way of nearly 20 designers (from Jean-Charles de Castelbajac to the late Terence Conran, who designed their Kintbury collection) whose work is produced by the firm in different iterations. Tables, chairs and lighting have all made their way through their doors and into outdoor spaces in numerous countries. Simplicity, durability, and fun rest at the brand’s core, remaining central concerns throughout the design process.
Recently, the brand has outfitted private homes (both indoors and outdoors), partnered with Lyon University in France and Duke University in the U.S. for outdoor seating through their campuses, and equipped brasseries with comfortable seating for their guests. The Luxembourg Armchair, designed by Frédéric Sofia, in 2004, is perhaps one of the brand’s most recognizable pieces. You might recognize it from the expansive public Luxembourg gardens in Paris’s 6th arrondissement. “I wanted to share the French art de vivre and the art of conversation,” says Sofia of the design, with its initial destination and use in mind. The chair’s aluminum frame and flexible seat and back make for a comfortable, easily transported chair, ideally suited for the wear and tear of a highly trafficked public space.
Also notable is Fermob’s new BeBop Table designed by Tristan Lohner, director of the RBC Design Center in Montpellier, France. “Constraint is one of my driving forces to create,” says Lohner. “How can I evoke luxury and accessibility through a design? Seduction, speed, quality and nomadism as well?” These questions are all addressed in the seemingly simple piece. The table works as well inside (as a nightstand, side table or coffee table) as it does outdoors, like many of Fermob’s products. Crafted entirely of lightweight aluminum, and available in 24 colors, the table is an easy pick for any room.
Interested parties in the design world can get a digital taste of what Fermob has been cooking up for 2021 in the company’s new virtual trade show (fermob.show). Register through the site and gain access to different rooms, all showcasing classic and new Fermob products. The digital experience will be live online for one year, starting this fall, and will offer an all-encompassing online experience in lieu of a physical trade show. Visit now for a taste of what the fun French brand has in store next year.