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For this strikingly atypical La Chance coffee table, the French sculptor and designer Noé Duchaufour Lawrance took his cue from stone pines at the Villa Borghese in Rome. Also known as umbrella pines, the characteristic network of branches is translated as a graphic steel framework to support a trio of purposely irregular wooden surfaces. The designer’s preference for organic shapes readily translates as a standout modernist statement-piece that can also be combined as a larger composition.
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.”