Dominated by the Dome
The large dome atop the Hôtel-Dieu, which was built in the 18thcentury by the architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot is one of the landmarks of Lyon, the metropolis on the banks of the River Rhône. The history of the building itself dates back to the 12thcentury. Over the course of time the Medieval infirmary emerged as one of France’s most important hospitals. Although the complex was repeatedly extended it no longer met the requirements of a 21st century clinic. In 2010, Hôtel-Dieu closed its doors as a hospital. By the time it reopened in 2018 the heritage ensemble had been carefully and caringly refurbished and now accommodates a five-star hotel, shops, numerous restaurants, offices, and apartments.
The entire complex now goes by the name of “Grand Hôtel-Dieu”. The silhouette of the striking dome was chosen as its signet. The selfsame logo also adorns the outdoor furniture of the “Grand Hôtel-Dieu”, which the numerous hospitality outlets use throughout the 8,000-square meter grounds. French manufacturer Fermob produced a customized version of its famous “Luxembourg” chair for the project. The company’s new contract furniture unit, where 20 employees handle special and customized editions, was responsible for its production. And the result is so unique because it combines not only Fermob’s know-how, but also the in-depth experience of the outdoor textile experts at Vlaemynck.
For the “Grand Hôtel-Dieu” in Lyon the client opted for versions of the chair with and without armrests, and a bar stool in storm gray, a color from the Fermob range. Using laser technology the dome signet was intricately cut out of the backrests of all the chairs. Vlaemynck provided matching cushions, which are likewise embellished with the logo. The different upholstery colors reference the different restaurants in the “Grand Hôtel-Dieu”. Even this detail reveals the perfect balance between individuality and uniformity that Fermob has struck with this dedicated solution. (fap)
You will find Fermob in Milan at the Salone del Mobile 2019 in Hall 10, booth C 21.