French architect Jean Nouvel has unveiled custom-seating designed for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, inspired by the building’s domed roof, also designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel.
Created in partnership with Poltrona Frau, the furniture collection was unveiled during this year’s Milan Design Week, and will be completed in time for the museum’s opening planned for later this year.
The furniture range consists of armchairs, stools and double-sided sofa benches, all made from curved forms that reference the rounded dome of the museum building.
“Architecture does not stop at the front door,” said Nouvel. “The separation between architecture and interior design is artificial: any detail has the potential to disrupt the sense of harmony and destroy meaning.”
The collection is designed to be comfortable with “bare ergonomics”, according to the architect, and complete with black leather upholstery with a ribbed pattern running across the seating.
The frame of the seating is made from large pieces of moulded foam that create a single shape, consisting of ‘tensed curves’.
“These long and massive shapes positioned precisely along the walls and slightly staggered emphasise the building’s scale and lines of composition,” Nouvel explained.
Earlier this year the museum also announced a series of art installations commissioned for the Nouvel-designed musuem, featuring a bronze tree and fingerprint tiles.