What, When, Where: VIP Seats

March 7, 2011

When it comes to fulfilling my wildest seating fantasies, I can always count on Ligne Roset. The company’s 2011 collection, which hit the design scene early this year at imm cologne, is full of elegantly eccentric chairs and sofas from a range of high-profile designers. (You may have spotted the Saint-James chair by Jean Nouvel in a recent post by editor-in-chief Kyle Hoepner.)

Browsing the newest offerings, each one more whimsical than the next, I couldn’t help but wonder: how much fun would it be to lounge on various Ligne Roset creations throughout the day?

Here’s my proposed sitting schedule:

Sunrise: Meditation session on the Grillage chair by François Azambourg. It’s made of a single sheet of perforated metal, folded origami-style; the ingenious cover attaches with magnets.

Photos courtesy of Ligne Roset

Mid-morning: Important business phone call conducted from the Simple Bridge chair by Jean Nouvel–the classic club chair pared down to its essence.

Noon: Sketching in the garden on Philippe Nigro’s Passio settee. For inspiration, look to its curvaceous stainless steel frame and asymmetrical arms.

Afternoon: The best nap ever on Ploum. The low-slung settee is made of flexible foam covered by a thick, stretchy fabric. Designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec say, “We pictured it like a ripe, voluptuous piece of fruit.†It can seat four, but I don’t see why you’d want to share this yummy experience with others.

Evening, on into the wee hours: Dance party on and around Entailles, a magical yellow submarine of a sectional designed by Philippe Nigro. The notches accommodate small tables for drinks and snacks.

–Kara Lashley