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Paris house La Chance boasts an affinity for playing an elevated mashup of materials, as the Mewoma Dining Table so aptly displays. Designer Jonah Takagi juxtaposed a base structure in steel, a pale oak-veneered column and a marble tabletop (in either white Pele de Tigre or black Marquina). Jonah even gave his totemic combo of metal-wood-marble a clever mashup of a name!
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.”