The range consists of brightly-coloured, upholstered lounge chairs that fit together, appearing to cuddle up to each other.
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CONFLUENCES is doubtless one of the bedrocks of the new trend for‘counterforms’, with its characteristic overlapping arrangement of elements in the style of a puzzle or yin-yang. CONFLUENCES is a breath of fresh air which breaks with all the normal conventions of upholstered furniture. This piece will please not only lovers of radical design, but also all those who are seduced by a multiplicity of possible sitting positions, and the as yet unheard- of conviviality offered by its colourful, unbridled compositions with evocative names such as the ‘Toi et moi’ (‘You and me’) love seat, the ‘small conversation settee’ and ‘large conversation settee’, or the 4-seat settee with two integral chaises longues.
The success of CONFLUENCES, inspired by contemporary art, rests on the repetition, addition and direct stringing together of different volumes. In this way, a number of seats offering a variety of sitting positions are brought close and locked together; simple, almost neutral lines are used in order to enable the formal fusion of their volumes: the seat platforms flow together, overlapping each other as if in a giant puzzle, connected by nuances of shade.
“In so far as it attempts to solve an ergonomic problem, CONFLUENCES becomes a plastic and colourful way of playing with countless permutations’’.
Each piece of CONFLUENCES seating unites varying seat heights and seat depths and offers new, entirely unstructured forms in the service of a great variety of sitting positions and personalisation of comfort, supported by a well-considered combination of varying densities of foam. The personalisation is so extensive that the left and right-hand versions of the 3-seater with lounge seat are not exactly
The mobile occasional table, which can also be used as an armrest, is quite deliberately an asymmetrical, unique piece, whilst the lumbar cushions, filled with pure down, also contribute to the general adaptability and freedom of use. Finally, the colour combinations chosen underscore the unstructured nature of the CONFLUENCES seating. Each item is available in a monocolour or multicolour interpretation. Philippe Nigro himself has suggested 27 possible colour combinations in a variety of covering materials.
Construction: seat in 3 layers of criss-cross panels and panels of multi-ply; back in mecanano-soldered steel clad in polyether foam and polyester quilting. Invisible feet in black polypropylene.
Comfort: suspension of back via metal mesh. Seat and back cushions in polyurethane Bultex foam clad in polyester quilting.
Sofa end table H 38 x 35 x 35 in 6 mm black curved anodised aluminium set on jack feet. This becomes an armrest/tray when equipped with an optional cushion H 13 x 37 x 37. Lumbar cushion filled with pure duck down.
Cover · Baguette stitching. All items may be disassembled and have removable covers. All items are offered in a monocolour interpretation in INDIANA and DIVA hide, or in the fabrics listed below, or in a multicolour version choosing from one of designer Philippe Nigro’s 27 colour selections using the fabrics DIVINA, ALCANTARA, TOPAS, PAUSE, SUDDEN, CODA, CURL or PURE.
Design Philippe Nigro
His innovative creation, very like a puzzle, makes possible a hitherto unprecedented multiplicity of configurations, whilst demanding extreme sophistication in terms of production techniques – something which is only possible thanks to Ligne Roset’s many years of manufacturing expertise.
Philippe Nigro was born in Nice in 1975; he graduated from the Ecole Boulle, Paris in 1997, and now works both as an independent designer and as assistant to Michele de Lucchi, creator of the legendary Tolomeo light (1987). In 2006, he collaborated with Michele de Lucchi on three new lights for Artemide.
Philippe Nigro has already undertaken an extremely wide variety of projects: He has worked not only for prominent furniture manufacturers such as Poltrona Frau, Felicerossi, Danese, Alias, Urifor and Nube, but also for brands from other very different areas such as Olivetti, Compaq, Telecom Italia, the Italian postal service and Van Cleef and Arpels.
On to this background Philippe Nigro expresses the full richness of his creativity in the shape of CONFLUENCES, his new collection of upholstery.