Large Archibald by Jean-Marie Massaud

Large Archibald by Jean-Marie Massaud for Poltrona Frau

About Jean-Marie Massaud

Since the beginning of his career (a 1990 graduate of Paris’ ENSCI-Les Ateliers, Paris Design Institute), Jean-Marie Massaud has been working on an extensive range of works, stretching from architecture to objects, from one-off project to serial ones, from macro environment down to micro contexts. Major brands such as Axor, Cassina, Christofle, Poliform, Toyota have solicited his ability to mix comfort and elegance, zeitgeist and heritage, generosity and distinction.

Beyond these elegant designs, his quest for lightness – in matters of essence – synthesize three broader stakes: individual and collective fulfillment, economic and industrial efficiency, and environmental concerns. “I’m trying to find an honest, generous path with the idea that, somewhere between the hard economic data, there are users. People.”

His creations, whether speculative or pragmatic, explore this imperative paradigm: reconciling pleasure with responsibility, the individual with the collective.

When asked to imagine a new stadium for the city of Guadalajara, Mexico, he comes back with a never seen before cloud and volcano-shaped building, integrated in a vast urban-development program that re-unite leisure and culture, nature and urbanization, sport aficionados and local citizens. Instead of implanting a stadium, he proposed an environment. And the initial vision has proven a realistic approach: the project has come to life in July 2011.

More recently, his concept car developed in partnership with Toyota, has the same objective. MEWE is a synthesis of economical and ecological concepts, integrating issues specific to each stakeholder: the user, industry, and the environment. A pioneering multiple-use platform that is a car for the people, with a body in expanded polypropylene foam: a major innovation.
“When I’m working on a project, there’s always an attempt to renew the subject I’m involved in”. Another distinctive aspect of his approach.

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Lounge chair CH22 By Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen and Son

Lounge chair CH22 By Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen and Son

On auction at Wright

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Mirror Lounge Chair by Project 213A

Mirror Lounge Chair by Project 213A

About Project 213A

Project 213A is a European design house founded in 2020 as an idea by four friends linked by a common design philosophy. This Project became reality with the launch in September 2021.

The brand’s goal is to create modern as well as unique furniture and home accessories that are timeless with a commitment to work towards a more sustainable future.

The name of the brand “Project 213A” refers to a London based address where all four founders each have lived in – at different times throughout their studies.

The building is featured prominently within the logo where their home stood, above a launderette.

Each product is responsibly manufactured in selected Portuguese factories and family run workshops to provide a considerate way of production while minimising wasteful practices.

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Lounge Chair 436 by Paul Schuitema for D3

Lounge Chair 436 by Paul Schuitema for D3

Found at The Great Apple via VNTG

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Taza Lounge Chair by Michael Robbinson


Taza Lounge Chair by Michael Robbinson

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