La Chance

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Cutting-edge design that takes no prisoners is the name of the game at La Chance, the French company with plenty of va-va-voom...

BY DEE IVA

Parisian design company La Chance is on a mission to bring contemporary French style to your attention. Since its launch in 2012, founders Jean-Baptiste Souletie and Louise Breguet have forged links with designers from the new wave of French design as well as international talent to produce modern statement pieces that have oodles of personality.

Charles Kalpakian’s ‘Rocky’ cabinet is a case in point. Made of lacquered steel, its Escher-like angled sections play havoc with your brain while forming a unique and eye-catching piece of storage for your home. Available in three colours, we’re particularly pashing on the cobalt blue version. For glamour with a twist, Sebastian Herkner’s metal and marblelicious 'Salute' side tables are incredibly beautiful with just the right amount of quirk and the animated ‘Anémone’ rug by François Dumas makes us come over all Jacques Cousteau.

ABOVE: Charles Kalpakian's optically challenging 'Rocky' cabinet
ABOVE RIGHT: The 'Salute' side tables mix white carrara and black and green marquina marble with copper, steel and lacquer to create a bona fide future classic
BELOW: The wavy undersea world of François Dumas' 'Anémone' rug (seen with Sebastian Herkner's 'Salute' table)

It was the iconic 'Tembo' stool (above) by Note design studio that first caught our eye, though, with its whimsical shape and use of cork (see our trend feature on cork here). It's perhaps the piece that best captures La Chance's Jekyll and Hyde approach to their collections. Many items from La Chance are given contrasting finishes; the Jekyll version will be sober and distinguished while the Hyde version tends to be more colourful and playful. It's a simple concept that can induce 'love' or 'hate' reactions but in our opinion it's a brave approach to furniture design. Bon courage La Chance, bon courage...
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