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Splashdown! The Apollo Floor Lamp has landed, mimicking the American space capsule that inspired its name. But if this floor lamp is a wry testament to otherworldly exploration, its materials ground it in an earthbound sense of luxury. Transparent blown glass surround state-of-the art LED light, and an opulent choice of white Carrara or black Marquina marbles make up its cap and base. From La Chance, the French design collective dedicated to forward-thinking design using traditional materials and techniques to create modern objects of functional art that still retain an intriguingly off-kilter quality, just like the tilting base of this Apollo. Israeli Dan Yeffet and Czech Lucie Koldova have been collaborating since 2010 and their creations have been shown in galleries in Paris, New York, and Prague. While inspired by the space vehicle, this ethereal design also puts us in mind of the original Apollo, the fabled god of light.
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.”