Milan 2013: French design brand La Chance launched its second collection in Milan earlier this month, featuring a bright red winged bench by Luca Nichetto and a fragmented coffee table by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance (+ slideshow).
Among the new products unveiled by La Chance this year was Italian designer Luca Nichetto's Earhart outdoor bench, which is named after aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart and finished in the shiny red of her Lockheed Vega aeroplane.
French designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance contributed a coffee table to complement his Borghese sofa, while Israeli designer Dan Yeffet and Lucie Koldova presented Apollo, a cone-shaped glass and marble floor lamp.
La Chance has also initiated new collaborations with Paris-based architects Tolila + Gilliland, who created a wall-mounted wood and marble coat hook called Jeeves, and German designer Sebastian Herkner, who came up with an occasional table to go with his Salute armchair.
Nathalie du Pasquier, a founding member of the influential Memphis Group, unveiled a rug called France, while Beijing architects PIDO (People's Industrial Design Office) came up with a tilted shelving system made of cross-shaped modules that can be positioned horizontally or diagonally.
French designer Guillaume Delvigne produced two pendant lamps – Hal, a thin LED disk that fits under different glass shades, and Swan, a large glass pendant (not pictured).
The collection was unveiled in the Brera district of Milan during the city's design week earlier this month – see all products and news from Milan 2013.
Last year's inaugural collection by La Chance included designs by Nichetto, Duchaufour-Lawrance, Note Design Studio and Francois Dumas, and we also filmed an interview with the brand's founder Jean-Baptiste Souletie while reporting on 2012's design week.
Here's some more details from La Chance:
One year after its launch during Salone 2012, La Chance is back in Milan to present 10 new products: tables, seating, shelves, but also a new range of lighting, a rug, and some accessories. The French brand carries on developing a distinctive style with references to Art Deco with a great variety of materials in graphic and decorative yet practical designs.
La Chance continues the collaboration with hyperactive designer Luca Nichetto who created Earhart, a scenic and aerial outdoor bench inspired by the aircraft industry. It is named after the American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart and shares the shiny red color of her Lockheed plane. Noé Duchaufour Lawrance enriches the Borghese range with a coffee table that completes the acclaimed Borghese landscape sofa. They share the characteristic vegetal structure inspired by the pine trees of the Rome’s Villa Borghese. Dan Yeffet and Lucie Koldova pursue the research on marble they began with the Iconic standing mirror and present Apollo, a surprising floor lamp that makes marble glow.
In addition, La Chance has initiated new collaborations and continues its search for talents worldwide with Spanish, German, American, French, Italian, Ecuadorian and also Chinese designers join in the team. Franco-American architects Tolila + Gilliland have updated the conservative valet / jacket stand into an elegant wallmounted object made of wood and marble. It is called Jeeves in reference to the P.G Wodehouse novel character, a butler who defines himself as a gentleman’s personal gentleman. La Chance also works with Nathalie du Pasquier – founding member of the Memphis group ‐ who created a rug called France. Strong graphics and explosive colors are the ingredients to this rug in line with her most spectacular creations. The rising star of German design Sebastian Herkner presents Salute, an occasional table meant to stand proudly by the side of the most iconic armchairs.
French designer Guillaume Delvigne has designed two very different pendant lamps: Hal is a small and easy lamp with a very simple and pure construction: a thin LED disk on which you can put different glass shades. On the other hand, Swan is an opulent large glass pendant with smooth curvy lines. La Chance also confirms its will to work with emerging talents and collaborates with Spanish and Ecuadorian designers Jorge de la Cruz and Diana Vernaza who designed a candle holder called Podium. La Chance also initiates one of the first collaborations between a European and a leading member of the boiling Chinese design scene. Beijing based architects PIDO 众产品 (People’s Industrial Design Office) have created for La Chance a surprising tilted wall system that will be presented this year in Milan. The whole collection will be presented in La Chance showroom in the heart of the Brera district with a very French Red, White, and theme. Each room will have a different colour and atmosphere showing the various personalities of the brand, alternatively colorful and outgoing or sober and luxurious.