French design company, La Chance will show work from 10 international designers at MOST, creative innovation at Salone del Mobile, in Milan, in April.
Owned by Jean-Baptiste Souletie and Louise Bregueteco the company will showcase Jekyll and Hyde, a furniture and lighting collection created by several young designers around the world.
“We see two potential audiences for luxury furniture, there are the design enthusiasts, who want uncompromising pieces in bold colours. Then there are people who love contemporary design but prefer more muted tones,” said Souletie.
To accommodate these two audiences, each piece comes in two versions: Jekyll and Hyde. The Jekyll version features prime colours and shiny finishes, while Hyde is in monotone or natural materials, like brushed metal and oiled wood.
The 10 designers include; Pierre Favresse (FR) appointed artistic director of Habitat in December 2011. His dining table, Magnum, has sturdy elements – chunky legs and a weighty top – joined by a delicate-looking metal grid structure.
Bashko Trybek (PL) one of Elle Deco’s Young Designer Talent 2011. He has created the Climb shelving system, with exposed wire elements.
Suzanne de Graef (NL), based in Eindhoven, has designed Rhythm of light, a pendant light influenced by the classical lighting found at The Château of Versailles.
Luca Nichetto (IT) has collaborated with Foscarini, Established & Sons, Moroso and others. His Float coffee table comprises a large aluminum cone seemingly floating over a circular mirror.
Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance (FR) designed London’s Sketch club, and has since won a Red Dot award for his Corvo chair for Bernhardt Design. His Borghese sofa is a light, sculptural piece, its shape paying homage to the pine trees in Rome’s Villa Borghese.
Charles Kalpakian (FR/Lebanese), who is based in Paris, has created an angular credenza or storage unit, which plays with 3D and colour.
Note Design Studio (SE) is a collective of creatives in Stockholm. They’ve designed two pieces for La Chance: Bolt, a stool of four pieces of ash wood looped by a metal ring; and Tembo, a high stool of cork,wood and metal.
Francois Dumas (FR) worked at the Bouroullec brothers’ studio in Paris, and has since set up Krux, an art and design collective in Amsterdam. This tufted wool carpet, Anenome, is based on one of his own paintings. His second piece is Sealed, an elegant chair of bent wood.
Dan Yeffet and Lucie Koldova (IL/CZ), worked with Arik Levy until 2010. They were originally commissioned by La Chance to design two pieces: a mirror and a screen. They combined the two to create Private in metal and felt.
Pool Design (FR) took part in the Nouvelle Vague exhibition in Milan in 2010. Their table lamp, Pool, is a deceptively simple piece in aluminum or Corian.
Jonah Takagi (US), was born in Tokyo, and has collaborated with Matter and Kvadrat, among others. His Tip-Top table lamp has an aluminum base and comes with a shade of either grey gall or transparent glass.
Salone Del Mobile, Milan, runs from April 17-22. MOST will be held at the National Museum of Science and Technology.