Pato Office

By Welling / Ludvik , 2014

Pato Office Chair is fitted with a 5-point star swivel base on casters. The frame has a swivel feature with height adjustable gaslift and a tilt function for comfortable task seating. The chair can be tuned from basic to exclusive with optional upholstery.

Material Options
Pato Office
Pato Office - Model 4020
W: 69 cm
D: 62,5 cm
H: 77-89 cm
Wt: 9.7 kg
Cbm: 0.42 cbm
Sh: 43-55 cm

About The Collection

Pato is a prime example of our focus on sustainability and protecting the environment, reflected in a chair that’s 100% renewable and recyclable. All components can be incorporated into future furniture production, thus contributing to a circular economy by minimising the use of materials, resources, waste and pollution.

Merging traditional production methods with cutting-edge technology, Pato is a human-centric, highly versatile series of multi-purpose functional furniture that draws on our in-depth experience with materials, immaculate detailing and heritage of fine craftsmanship. Allowing us to apply our high standards of texture, finish and carpentry techniques to an array of materials in addition to wood for products aimed at a mass market.

With its clean lines and curves, Pato echoes the ethos of Danish-Icelandic design duo Welling/Ludvik. Demonstrating their belief that good design has the ability to be interesting, even when reduced to its most simple form. Where anything extraneous is eliminated and every detail has a purpose.

Together we spent nearly three years developing the shell structure to have a soft surface that’s also wear and tear resistant. Enhancing the chair’s ability to optimally conform to the user’s body is a subtle beveled edge. A technique from classic cabinetmaking, which gives the chair a sense of handcrafted finesse. Each Pato is detailed and finished by hand by our highly skilled crafts people, who refine the beveled edge and the silky, resilient surface. Setting a new standard for the execution and finish of polypropylene.

Since the success of its initial launch, we’ve expanded Pato into an extensive collection of variants, featuring armchairs, barstools, office swivel chairs and a long list of more, with frame options in wood, steel or painted steel. Including upholstered versions in fabric or leather to increase the possibilities for a more personalised visual statement.

As a result, Pato meets the diverse needs of a global market. From large-scale public arenas, such as airports, to executive environmens, collaborative work settings, multi-purpose retail complexes, formal and informal settings within the hospitality sector as well as private dining and relaxing. Pato in its purist form in polypropylene is equally suited for indoor as well as outdoor seating, in colours that complement our signature use of wood, leather and fabric.




Danish-Icelandic design duo Hee Welling and Gudmundur Ludvik prove that the basics can always be reinvented. With Fredericia, they combine their functional and human-centred designs with our vast experience to detail and material intuition that creates quality and longevity.

Welling/Ludvik create industrial design with an ambition to reach an optimum solution seen from more than one perspective- comfort, construction, material, price and environmental sustainability are always essential factors. They create modern industrial design that never neglects the contemporary technological possibilities and challenges in society.

For Welling/Ludvik, the focus on rationality of production is an important facilitator of design: "You should not drain the artistic freedom by only thinking in terms of production, but on the other hand, you need to know from the start, what it is, that you want to create."

Welling/Ludvik believe that good design has the ability to be interesting, even when reduced to its most simple form. Their design is characterised by pure and simple lines, where everything superfluous is removed, and where every detail has a function. These are classic design principles, in which the duo gives renewed life by focusing on the conditions for production, the innovation of material, and market needs of today.

Gudmundur Ludvik is a trained carpenter, who studied sculpture at the Icelandic Academy of Arts and furniture design at the Danish Design School in Copenhagen. Hee Welling trained in his father’s carpentry business, as well as studied sales during his time there. He is also a graduate in furniture design from the Danish Design School. Welling/Ludvik and Fredericia’s first collaboration was the versatile plastic-chair PATO, launched in 2013.