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Either door-less credenza or bookshelf, Rocky rocks perception with its 3-dimensional play on space and volume.
Rocky is a credenza featuring an angular and sculptural line. Charles Kalpakian created a 3D variation of the classic utilitarian block pattern used by cabinet makers. With this stable, steel credenza, he plays with our perception of space and volume with an object that reveals and changes according to the observer’s point of view.
Perception and plurality are running themes in the work of Charles Kalpakian, who was born in Beirut and grew up in Paris. He is among the group of designers who make up the new Paris-based design house La Chance. The emphasizing furniture, lighting and rugs with a "strong personality" made from "noble, durable and natural materials" and all in "European human-size facilities." The debut collection was based on the concept of one item, two moods (in this case, the wood or marble base).
La Chance is also entrepreneur Jean-Baptiste Souletie and architect Louise Breguetbeen, who got together in life and work because of, well, la chance! The French duo have lived in India and China; designed offices in London and built homes in Haiti; and have lent their know-how to established luxury companies and start-ups firms. They launched La Chance at the 2012 Milan Salone at Tom Dixon's MOST, a 5-building design world in Milan's National Museum of Science and Technology. We zeroed in on their colorful exhibition inside the railway hall, and it was love at first sight.
The founders of La Chance, the Paris-based design house, have united talent from the bustling “new wave” of global design—10 designers hailing from 9 different countries—in a collection marked by contemporary French élan. And entrepreneur Jean-Baptiste Souletie and architect Louise Breguetbeen are partners in business and in life, as they say. Between the pair, they have lived in India and China, designed offices in London and built homes in Haiti, and lent their know-how to established luxury companies and emerging start-ups.
When the 20-something couple first met, they discovered they were both inspired by a love of the Art Deco movement, when objects were valued for function as well as their decorative attributes. That spirit imbues the modern sense of luxury and uncontrived manner of of their collection of furniture, lighting and rugs. “We like things to be warm, colorful, and good quality,” Louise says. “And in terms of style, you can see all the workings of the furniture, even the upholstered pieces, as we have nothing to hide.”