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
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
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
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.