How to make something hulking appear visually light? That was the challenge La Chance gave Pierre Favresse when they charged him with coming up with a dinner table for their inaugural "Jekyll & Hyde" collection. Pierre went with materials that not only conveyed mass. The bulbous shape of the legs and curved table base also express volume. He then delivered on the challenge with a metal cage linking the thick legs to solid top.
Part of the French "nouvelle vague" in design, Pierre's optimistically, streamlined work emphasizes the correlation between traditional craftsmanship and high-tech techniques. Just as integral is the social and environmental concerns in the manufacturing of products. Pierre trained as a cabinet maker before attending the Ecole Nationale SupŽrieure for Decorative Arts, where he now teaches. During this time he also served as studio director for designer Mathieu Lehanneur. He started his own studio in 2010, the same year he also became resident designer at the Ateliers de la Ville de Paris. He also now serves as the artistic director for brand and retailer Habitat.
Pierre is among the coterie of designers collaborating with La Chance, the new Paris-based house emphasizing furniture, lighting and rugs with a "strong personality" made from "noble, durable and natural materials" and all in "European human-size facilities" Got to love that. La Chance is also entrepreneur Jean-Baptiste Souletie and architect Louise Breguetbeen, who got together in life and work because of, well, la chance! The French duo have lived in India and China; designed offices in London and built homes in Haiti; and have lent their know-how to established luxury companies and start-ups firms.
La Chance launched at the 2012 Milan Salone at Tom Dixon's MOST, a 5-building design world in Milan's National Museum of Science and Technology. We zeroed in on their colorful exhibition inside the railway hall, and it was love at first sight.
- Small: 28.7" h x 59.1" w x 35.4" d (73x150x90cm)
- Large: 28.7 h x 78.7" w x 35.4" d (73x200x90cm)
Solid walnut veneer, wood, metal
- Tabletop: solid beech, solid walnut, blue or black lacquered MDF
- Metal cage: chrome or black powder coat
- Legs: solid beech, solid walnut or white carrara marble
This item is a special order product, please contact us for delivery times and specific configuration of tabletop, cage and legs.
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.”