Job: Polished concrete furniture designer
Patrick Bourgeois designs polished concrete furniture. He was born on the 16th of September 1958 in Ghent, (Belgium).
Patrick has developed a taste for beautiful things as a child, while spending time with his great-uncle, Mr. Achille Bentos. This artist-painter-sculptor is most notably known for creating a bronze figure for the city of Ghent, in memory of the victims of the Great War. After attending a course at the higher national schools of architecture (Ecole St Luc) in Tournai (Belgium), Patrick also became interested in construction.
Following his training, he started a successful career as an executive manager in large industrial construction groups; this allowed him to experience and become familiar with resin composite repair and other concrete repair techniques.
Along with his professional activities and responsibilities, Patrick also started to design his first furniture: "cubes" that he enjoyed creating for fun. Patrick perfected his technique in a self-educated manner technique and based his work on his experience and extensive knowledge of the products.
His family life pathway eventually brought him to the Côte d’Opale (in northern France), where Patrick gave up his job in order to start a new life, creating polished concrete furniture and finally making a living from his passion. He joined the VMAD during the summer of 2015.
Patrick designs home furniture: coffee tables, bedside tables, consoles, lamps and desks. He develops his own creations and likes to customize them, bringing his clients’ dreams to reality or giving existing furniture a new look.
He also makes polished concrete floors and other resin flooring. Not only do they have a smooth satin finish, they also offer an interesting resistance for both new installations and renovation works. Patrick can provide with over 200 different colour tones and applies this new trendy material on professional or private work sites.
The bulk of his production is currently being exhibited in his workshop, at the VMAD store too and on his professional website at www.alittlemarket.com. P atrick’s work is also occasionally displayed in local markets (e.g. in Le Touquet, Hardelot - France) or craft events such as "Habitat & Decoration" (e.g. in Calais, St Omer, Gravelines - France), or the “salon des métiers d’art”, in Lens (France).
And finally, he builds the sets for the theater company "The Thibautins", which is very popular around Boulogne-sur-Mer (France).
Making furniture involves a series of precise movements and requires a specific knowledge of materials and how to bond and dry them.
First of all, Patrick makes a rough sketch on scrap paper and then later uses a particular software in order to determine the sawing plane.
He uses wood fiber panels (MDF 15mm or 30mm), a widely used material renowned for its good machining qualities and its ability to receive many finishes.
The panels are glued and screwed to build the cabinet structure. Patrick first applies a pre coating and then a double "polished concrete" coating. Intermediate sanding is required between each "coating pass", to make the surface smooth enough to receive the top coat. The final touch is to polish the piece and apply a wax that will give a glossy and flawless finish!
CONFIDENCE "The VMAD is a dynamic place where we can work in synergy with other craftsmen and develop common projects."
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