Playful? That's the point. The Tembo stool is a riff on children's toys and African tomtoms. The name Tembo means elephant foot in Swahili: "When elephants walk, they always have at least one foot on the ground. They don't run. Because of their straight legs and large pad-like feet, elephants can stand for very long periods of time without getting tired," observe the folks behind design collective Note Design Studio, who finally found a producing partner for Tembo with new design house La Chance.
If there's also something colorfully, quirkily Nordic to Tembo, too, that's because Note Design Studio hail from Sweden. A collective of architects, graphic, interior and product designers that formed in 2008, the group's name refers "to note something" or "to get noted." Well, we certainly noted their maiden outing in furniture design with Tembo, part of La Chance's premiere collection called Jekyll & Hyde.
We zeroed in on La Chance's colorful exhibition inside the railway hall of Milan's National Museum of Science and Technology at the 2012 Salone. They were part of Tom Dixon's MOST, a 5-building showcase of new generation design.
Paris-based La Chance emphasizes furniture, lighting and rugs with a "strong personality" made from "noble, durable and natural materials" and all in "European human-size facilities" 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.
Bar stool: 30" h x 14.25" d (76x36cm)
Low stool: 19" h x 14.25" (48x36cm)
Cork, solid beech, lacquered MDF, steel
Black stools are matte and glossy lacquered wood
Colored stools are lacquered wood and glossy metal
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.”
Note Design Studio
“To note something, to get noted.” That’s the epigram that the founders of Note Design Studio, a Stockholm-based collective, use to explain their vision. “We are named after what we try to achieve. We like to pay attention to our surroundings, and try to create things that make others do the same.”
Working within the fields of architecture, interiors, products, graphic design and design strategy, the partners emphasize a tactile quality in both objects and architecture and embrace off-the-cuff inspiration—even doodles in the margins of their design notebooks. Alexis Holmqvist, Johannes Carlström, Susanna Wahlin, Kristoffer Fagerström and Cristiano Pigazzini bring an exuberance to their work that’s witty, irrepressible and, well, noteworthy.