Just came back from an inspirational meeting with one of our favorite brands…Fermob. Most people think of Fermob as the makers of the Bistro chairs which were designed in 1889 and continue to be one of their strongest selling lines today.
But Fermob has grown to be much more than their iconic Bistro chair. In fact, as our US distributors found out on their recent visit to the factory in Thoissey, France, in Europe Fermob has become the rock stars of outdoor living. So I have stolen shamelessly from their website in order to share a little of their enthusiasm with you. I know I got excited.
The factory is about one hour from Lyon and employs 200 people.
And although they use state-of-the-art technology, many items are still welded by hand.
Factory workers are both men and women, young and old. This is a lovely video showing much more of what they do:
In Paris Fermob has a retail concept store.
Talk about walking into a world of color.
Here you see the new seat pads and the new color “Prune” or plum as we Yanks call it.
We were lucky enough to get to see one of the only two prototypes of this brand new Luxembourg Rocker that will be available later next season. Super cool (imagine that with a bad French accent).
Here is the new Monceau low chair which has a similar vibe to the much pricier Luxembourg low chair. I really appreciate that Fermob thinks about all of our customers. Don’t worry; we’ve ordered some of these for the spring. You’ll be very surprised at what they cost.
It was also really fun to be educated on some of the contract installations of Fermob furniture like this one at the Oakland Museum of California designed by Jensen Architects..
How incredible when practicality actual becomes art.
And in case you’re wondering how sturdy Fermob furniture really is…
…that’s a Luxembourg chair being hurled by that guy during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration that tried to ruin the installation in Oakland. Nothing a little touch up paint and love couldn’t fix however. The wall is back up and going strong.
I posted about my visit to the High Line last year and was very happy to see Fermob in the beautiful park.
Who says Bistro isn’t comfortable to lounge in?
And of course there is the Luxembourg Gardens.
The original chairs there were actually made of steel, but Fermob makes them in aluminum which won’t rust and is perfect if you live in a coastal situation (or just want a gorgeous chair).
We’ve just ordered lots of new product to come in for spring but remember, it takes 12-14 weeks for a special order to come from France so plan ahead! We have some Luxembourg kid chairs coming, Sixties Chairs and Benches, Monceau Low Chairs, bar carts, Luxembourg benches, double top tables and LOTS of Bistro but there is so much more to Fermob so if there’s something special you want, we will be happy to order it for you.