From banker to one of Belgium's most-watched designers, it's no surprise that Alain Gilles brought a new slant to his upholstered collection for La Chance. But could it have been predicted that he would use an actual X-Ray of various furniture pieces to arrive at this iconoclastic daybed? With a sculptural steel frame and smooth ash armrest, the structure stands revealed—instead of being hidden under the usual cover of fabric—and turned into a prime asset.
15.75" h x 72.25" w x 33.5" d (40x185x86cm)
Available in choice of black and white or red and blue frame.
Upholstery Group 1: Interglobe Wool 2
Upholstery Group 2: Steelcut 2, Steelcut Trio 3
Upholstery Group 3: Umami 1/2/3, Hallingdal 65
Fabric or leather upholstery, steel, solid ash
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.”