Patrick Norguet. You could be forgiven for incorrectly guessing the age of this French designer – his impressive body of work is far beyond his years, and continues to grow. The latest is his commission for McDonalds – the second collaboration of the two giants. The first was a heat resistant reusable coffee cup, the second a comprehensive modular furniture package for use in McDonalds’ outdoor terraces. Originally finding themselves in Bordeaux France, the entire project spans over 150 terraces for the fast food chain to be completed over two years.
The work, in collaboration with Italian outdoor furniture Alias, includes chairs, tables, benches, a standing light, glass screen and the rubbish bins combining perforated pressed metal and concrete.
In the seating, for example, the perforated sheet metal body which rests on the concrete base offers a gentle surface which renders it immediately inviting and welcoming. The tops of the furniture is fused with turn-key, making them available for replacement or re-configurement, making the collection available for use in any McDonalds space. The cement surfaces have all been sanded by hand, creating a softness from the sometimes brutal material.
Perhaps not before time, a softer palette turning away from the garish red and yellow branding associated with McDonalds of the past, replacing it with contemporary sheet steel and cement skillfully moulded offering a comfortable invitation with which to gnaw away at your burger of choice (McChicken here).
Norguet's designs for Artifort
Norguet's ORLY Sofa (above) and ORLY Lounge (below) for Bernhardt Design