Out into the garden in spring – back into the house in fall
by Nina Reetzke | 5/24/2011
Philippe Nigro has been working for some years now on the themes of intersecting, interlocking and combined shapes, brilliantly demonstrating these concepts with his Confluences settees and Insepérable table-footstool. Here, he intertwines these studies with another principle which has already been explored by means of the flax armchair : the updating of the structure of a seat, a functional carcase which is habitually concealed from view, and which becomes, on the contrary, its principle aesthetic attribute.
Whereas Flax offered us a structure in curved slats of solid walnut, the structure of Passio / Résille is an exploration of curved stainless steel wire. The vertical lines of the back of the Passio settee intersect the horizontal lines of the arms, forming a very attractive woven effect at their two meeting points.
The back/arm assembly frames a highly animated graphic play between the asymmetrical treatment of the two arms, with the second being higher and wider than the first. The construction of the Passio armchair explores a further variant on this theme, resulting from the way in which the two arms and the back are put together, with the vertical lines of one intersecting the horizontal lines of the other.
Finally, the bridge chair and the small Résille armchair tangle the horizontal lines of their two backrests. The Passio settee and armchair have comfortable seat and back cushions (Bultex foam for the indoor version, or else Bultex foam contained within a watertight liner with a special 'outdoor' covering), whilst the bridge chair and Résille small armchair have a slim seat cushion (Bultex foam for indoor version, or else Bultex foam contained within a watertight liner with a special 'outdoor' covering).
|Seat finish||with upholstery|
|Height of seat||440 mm|
|Base finish||with legs|
|Backrest finish||with back padding|
|Armrest finish||with armrests|
|Colors||shades of grey|
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