And the winners are...
by Fabian Peters | 1/15/2018
Stylepark honors the 20 most interesting innovations at imm cologne 2018.
Marie-Aurore knows very well that we live in a society of overconsumption. In light of this she commits to only designing new objects which are honest and sustainable, and which bring sense to that which surrounds us. Lyrical “to unveil the poetry of the material”, playful “because she grew up in a toy shop ”, idealistic “to make the world a better place ”, philosophical “to put something where there was nothing” or frivolous “because when an object pleases me, I want to go to sleep with it”.
There is a little of all of this in the Vivienne chair, with its honest, robust looks which hide nothing of its construction and materials: solid beech for the structure of the base, perforated steel for the back, and the seat its a padded cushion.
The solid aeroplane-wing rear leg recalls that of her first chair, La Pliée. It also recalls the style of Jean Prouvé, the trailblazing designer who created pieces of furniture which were industrial, functional and attr active. If the filiation with Jean Prouvé does not displease her, Marie-Aurore Stiker-Metral never intended to imitate the master. In fact, she developed the aeroplane-wing leg while she was studying at the ENSCI; she tested the possibilities of the metal pressing/ folding machine there in 2007; and finally created her La Pliée chair, one of her very first creations, which was produced by Ligne Roset the following year - a chair consisting of only two pieces of sheet steel, cut by laser then shaped and assembled by a simple folding technique reinforced with two points of solder. A technique derived from naval construction.
The Vivienne chair is tamed by its base: the metal becomes anthracite or red-stained solid beech. Intentionally oversized, it is a large part of the strong personality of the chair’s design. The back lightens and softens thanks to the perforation of the bronze or plomb-coloured steel. Finally, the (optional) padded seat in a choice of colours offers a comfortable welcome. The radical concept of La Pliée is incarnated in a chair which seems to derive from it but exploits all the resources of the warm materials in order to render itself even more pleasing. Without taking itself too seriously, its association of materials and colours acr oss its three component parts make it ready to play.
Construction – Structure and base in anthracite or red-stained solid beech. Back in bronze or plomb lacquered perforated sheet steel.
Comfort – Padded seat with integral upholstered seat cushion in high resilience polyurethane Bultex foam (50 kg/m3 – 6.3 kPa) clad in 110g/m2 polyester quilting.
Making-up – Baguette stitch detailing.
Seat has removable cover.
|Seat finish||with upholstery|
|Height of seat||495 mm|
|Base finish||with legs|
|Backrest finish||without back padding
|Armrest finish||without armrests|
|Colors||shades of brown
shades of red
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