Photo credits © Georges Fessy
The new furniture in the UNESCO conference hall feeds on distinctive interior features of the existing building, from the plastic complexity of the portico concrete and the subtle variations in the crevices of the sails to the astonishing sophistication of a construction that is both modern but still penetrated by all the structural brilliance of the flamboyant Gothic.
The “armchair” is where the ribbon turns on itself, from the seat to the back, to become an envelope for the body
The “chauffeuse” is the simplest model. Its main components: two blocks of foam worked in a semi-trapezoidal shape stretched-pinched- sharpened, resting on two bases in brushed stainless steel.
The “confidant” is the most elaborate of the series because it is the place or focal point of the “twisting”. The seat and backrest support the turning of the ribbon. The shaping of their form operates a complex maneuver that follows the dynamics of a wave.
The “meridian” develops the same movement as the armchair, but the system lengthens to allow for the rest of the body.
The new tables in turn decline the leitmotif of the “pleated-twisted” ribbon. Designed for various uses, they can occasionally serve as a book display, or even a display of cocktails. Designed to stay uncovered, their molded resin trays are tinted with the same caramelized orange as the welcome bank and are placed on inclined stainless steel feet.