Suggested by the distinctive silhouette of planet Saturn—with its rings composed of ice particles to form a smooth ellipsis—a similarly curved bentwood support holds the round upholstered back cushion of Planet. Designer Jean-Baptiste Souletie adds a contrasting industrial element as well as useful stackability via the chair's matte-black frame—its sturdy metal tubes welded and assembled by the hand of Italian artisans. Sanded to emphasize the natural grain of black-stained solid ash, the subtle texture of solid wood paired with fine wool or leather upholstery lends the seating a soft and luxurious feel and a gratifying level of comfort.
31.7" h x 19.8" w x 18.4" d (80.6x50.2x46.7cm)
Black stained wood, matt lacquered metal, upholstery: leather or fabric
- Category 1: Tempt, Smart
- Category 2: Gaja, Tipi, Daim, Piazza M1
- Category 3: Hallingdal 65, Tonus 4, Fox
- Category 4: Bridget, Nuit & jour, Yack naturel
- Category 5: Atom
The founders of La Chance, the Paris-based design house, have united talent from the bustling “new wave” of global design—10 designers hailing from 9 different countries—in a collection marked by contemporary French élan. And entrepreneur Jean-Baptiste Souletie and architect Louise Breguetbeen are partners in business and in life, as they say. Between the pair, they have lived in India and China, designed offices in London and built homes in Haiti, and lent their know-how to established luxury companies and emerging start-ups.
When the 20-something couple first met, they discovered they were both inspired by a love of the Art Deco movement, when objects were valued for function as well as their decorative attributes. That spirit imbues the modern sense of luxury and uncontrived manner of of their collection of furniture, lighting and rugs. “We like things to be warm, colorful, and good quality,” Louise says. “And in terms of style, you can see all the workings of the furniture, even the upholstered pieces, as we have nothing to hide.”