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The minimalist luxury of the Lalou Mirror originally created in 1928 still resonates nearly a century later. In its reissue, French house La Chance celebrates the original design created by legendary designer Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann for a wealthy patron. The sparely contrasting elements of the round mirror and sleek walnut stand sound an abstract echo of the designer's Art Deco style. With a slight angled tilt, this truly modern classic makes a strikingly functional addition to a dresser or vanity table.
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.”