Numero 111 French design trio composed by Sophie Françon, Jennifer Julien and Gregory Peyrache presented Insulaire, the living-room furniture set focused on creating a familiar environment that encourages conviviality. The project that won the Furnishing programme commission awarded by VIA revolves around a rug with a sofa and includes two table-trays, a lamp, a set of “reclinable” cushions and a sound-proof room-divider. Insulaire is a proper isle of ease defined by natural finishings and pastel nuances that go from light pink to soft grey. numero111.com, www.francedesign.eu, via.fr
Numero 111 approached the living room on two levels. The traditional structure focused on the sofa and a more laid back floor-centered display that encourages greater freedom of movement. In this second disposition the rug becomes the central element that articulates the surrounding space. Insulaire is an alternative solution to the classic layout of arm chairs around a low table. Scatter cushions take up position and serve as head- and back-rests or as seating, depending on the way they are placed. Three other pieces create links between floor comfort and sofa.
Divan is the daybed-shaped sofa with light and minimal look thanks to a rattan structure that lifts the bench surface off the ground. The design is defined by simple curved lines with natural finishing and soft volumes, Divan can welcome comfortably three people.
The Tapis rug was the first piece to be designed. Indeed, it is the central element that articulates the set defining the structure and display of the sitting room. It is made with pink lacquered rattan and a tatami inspired soft surface in polyurethane foam covered by Kvadrat fabric of virgin wool interwoven with nylon thread. The rattan parts are notched together with no looseness in between. The slightly rounded exposed sides of the rattan stems create a patterned surface that is nonetheless flat enough to form a plateau.
Lampe evokes a figure, a sort of domestic guardian. Its resin shade slides up and down on a wooden upright pole in lacquered wood. The system enables the lamp to adopt two different positions.
Cuissins de Sole cushions are made of an ash core covered by foam rubber and Kvadrat fabric of virgin wool interwoven with nylon thread. They serve as seats, back-rests and head-rests. Their grip enables easy handling, and their positioning determines specific functions.
The Paravent screen defines the living room borders descretely thanks two parts joined together by hinges made of fabric. The first is covered by Kvadrat 100% polyester fabric, which provides acoustic insulation as well as a storage pouch. The other one is a rattan frame with four practical horizontal bars where to hang tools or accessories.
Numéro 111 team by designers Sophie Françon and Jennifer Julien with architect Grégory Peyrache asserts a global approach, not restricting itself to one scale, method, or discipline. Each project attempts to closely interlink the design and manufacturing process. The Numéro 111 office convenes around various projects, with objects, furniture, architecture, interior design and scenography as scope. numero111.com
Numero111 has been awarded by VIA during Milan Design week 2014. VIA – Valorisation de l’Innovation dans l’Ameublement is the institution that expresses the dynamism of French creativity in design. Photos of Colombe Clier. ©VIA DESIGN 2014 – via.fr