When in Paris visit La Suite and Out Door

La Suite Front P1050241
Recently I was in Paris and came across two beautiful shops. La Suite and Out Door, dedicated to furniture design with mouth watering display of designer chairs and designer sofas for indoor and for outdoor use respectively. A must visit for chair aficionados! You can find them next to each other, very close to the BNF (National Library of France) at the border of the river Seine between Pont Tolbiac (Tolbiac Bridge) and Pont de Bercy (Bercy bridge) and if you are there I suggest you also take a look at the Bercy area architecture and the Bercy parc.

I asked and was gracefully permitted authority to make photos in the two shops. Some of those I’ll feature here.

Only Yesterday I discovered Suite New York…You can imagine I’m wondering whether there is a connection between the two or not….

Update November 2011:

It appears both websites have disappeared. Maybe the shops disappeared as well…

Last edited by Guido J. van den Elshout on November 28, 2011 at 12:30 AM

FU150 – 2 Hand Sofa – Febland Group Ltd


Quirky yet comforting sofa made into the shape of 2 hands. Perfect for supporting you after a hard day. Comes in red, orange, pink and blue.
Full height : 90cm
Seat height : 45cm
Width : 169cm
Depth : 63cm

Via Febland Group Ltd, a UK based chair distributor.

About Febland

We source the world to gather the finest furniture, ceramics, lighting and décor, and the company which is now approaching it’s fiftieth year, has lost nothing of its desire to bring beautiful and original household items to Blackpool and distribute them nationwide.

It is a far cry from when Mr Simman Febland established the company in 1952 and setting out his stall in the 1953 Harrogate Gift Fair, to the 15 annual exhibitions now participated in by the company. In recent years we have developed our designer furniture arm, enabling us to tailor make the look you desire and change rooms dramatically with a vast choice of wood finishes, textures and fabrics.

The company has built three extra warehouses in the past 3 years and is expanding on the success of its metal lighting and furniture ranges in bronze and brushed silver. The aim of the company is to stay unique and distinctive without buying growth through lowering its standards.

We will continue to support our loyal clientele and know that your shop windows and displays are key to our aim in constantly improving the quality, style and design of the furniture, lighting and décor you seek from us.

CH07 Lounge Chair by Hans Wegner


Hans Wegner’s CH07 Lounge Chair via Hive Modern.

Design Hans Wegner, 1963.
Form-pressed plywood, upholstery.
Made in Denmark by Carl Hansen & Son.

The Hans Wegner three-legged shell chair was originally introduced in 1963. A few limited series were produced, but the project soon came to a stand still. The chair was relaunched in 1997 and after 34 years of oblivion the chair finally got its breakthrough. As a curiosity, it is worth mentioning that one of the original shell chairs from the 60s sold for $20,000 at Christies in London in 1999.

Seat and back are made of formpressed plywood shells. The 3 legs consist of a laminated construction, the 2 front legs are made of one continuous piece and the hind leg is a separate element. To enhance the comfort, Wegner has added 2 upholstered cushions which are fastened to the shell with screws from the back. In spite of its three-legs it stands well on the floor and does not easily topple over. Although it is low and does not feature armrests it is easy to get up by seizing the front edge and pulling oneself up. It is elegant as a soloist as well as in groups of 2, 3 or more. In 1999 the chair was given the highest possible grade in The Technological Institute of Denmark’s test program.

29″ h | 32″ d | 36″ w | seat: 15″ h

ch07 lounge – quick ship – hivemodern.com

Recently I discovered Designer Pages which is a great inspiration for designers and manufacturers. There I discovered the site of Portland based chair distributor Hive Modern which is an example of a good website!
About Hive Modern

Hive was founded in 2002 with the idea that Good Design can and should be presented in an inspired, knowledgeable and friendly manner.

From humble beginnings fueled primarily on inspiration, hive has grown to inhabit its own free-standing building in the Pearl District, Portland’s most upscale urban neighborhood. We are proud to be an authorized retailer for Alessi, Artemide, Artifort, Carl Hansen, Cassina, Flos, Kartell, Knoll & Vitra to name just a few. hive has been noted in national magazines such as Dwell, Index, In Style, Lucky and Western Interiors magazines.

We like to think of hivemodern.com, as the web-stop for the savvy design enthusiast…. bringing the rare and unusual plus time-tested icons of design directly to your front door. Our manifesto is really quite simple: to share the joys of Good Design while providing value and excellence in service to our patrons. Whether you simply enjoy browsing the product pages to see what’s new, or dive directly in and order a quantity of Eero Aarnio Ball Chairs, we hope to foster a fun web-based environment where people can delight in Good Design on their own terms.

The More I Blog about chairs, I wish I would have saved my dad’s sawbench chair of Hans Wegner. That had excellent seating and I presume this one has equivalent seating comfort.

Alcove Sofa Collection – Vitra – Vassar Interiors

Alcove Collection
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

The Alcove Sofa is subtle and refined. It is uncommonly tall which creates a dramatic sense of enclosure and privacy. The padded side and back panels have a pronounced sound dampening effect. The acoustic reduction adds to the sense of privacy and protection.

Designed specifically for office settings, the Alcove Highback Sofa creates an even more secluded refuge for work and reflection. When two Alcove Highbacks are placed facing one another they form a small meeting area. The Alcove Highback is approximately fifteen and a half inches higher than a standard Alcove Sofa.

Alcove Sofa Collection – Vitra – Vassar Interiors


Armchair by Dutch designer Maarten Baas

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