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Belgian designer Alain Gilles worked from the inside out with his X-Ray Sofa for directional French maker La Chance. While mindful of ergonomics and deep comfort, his exposed metal structure cleverly references the usually hidden framework of a traditional furnishing. A suspended configuration cradles the seat and back cushions while the the contrast of a wraparound wood armrest brings an element of warmth and underscores the visually floating quality from all angles.
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.”