Design – With the ACE furniture collection, French designer Patrick Norguet has brought together design, comfort, functionality, and character for any athletic environment. “Together with Ethimo, we came up with a ‘system’ that has a clean and elegant design which satisfies the widest range of demands.” Explained the designer.
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“Comfort is often underappreciated in this particular field of design,” continues Norguet, who has a long-standing partnership with the Italian outdoor furniture brand. “The high-end collection aims to ‘accompany’ athletes during competitions and ensure their utmost well-being.”
The fulcrum of the collection is a highly versatile bench that can be configured according to various requirements and equipped with additional accessories, like the surface made from Black cork – a natural and 100% ecological material -, the shoe rack, the bag holder, and the container with aluminium bottle rack. For the tennis world, the iconic seat for the chair umpire is added to the bench.
The bench’s inviting shape is the product of sophisticated and highly skilled craftsmanship, which gives the teak its special curve. This “manufacturing,” which represents the perfect synthesis between manual artistry and industry, lends unexpected volumes to seats available in different lengths from 150 cm to 3 metres.
The primary materials, which give shape to the various structures, are natural and FSC certified teak and aluminium, the latter available in four colour variations: Black Red, Moss Green, Coffee Brown, and Warm White.
Ace was designed to attractively furnish tennis courts, pools, athletic clubs, and exclusive resorts. The various configurations that can be created highlight the project’s extraordinary flexibility and versatility, intended not only for professional circuits and major sporting events but also for normal athletic activities.
All photos: courtesy of Ethimo.
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