For Atelier d’Amis’ Laisse Béton collection, French Designers Sebastien Leon and Valerie Pasquiou reference the city streets of New York – more specifically, the abundance of extant construction sites in the concrete jungle.
Atelier d’Amis is renowned for furniture that is the focal point of a room, and the Laisse Béton collection is no exception. The designers have beautifully channelled their experience of New York’s chaos and construction into this collection: “There is a certain beauty and unity in the architectural skeleton of construction,” Sebastian explains, “which offers a stacked X-ray of structural elements, floor after floor.” As such, bars are reinterpreted as legs, grids as tables and pinion elevators as armories. Materials such as brass plated tubular steel and ultra-thin, concrete-finished ceramic plates were used, directly referencing the city structure. As Valerie explains, “concrete is the raw material of New York by excellence, which I felt should be glorified by bringing it to the world of fine furniture.” The Laisse Béton collection is an elegant depiction of the exuberance of New York, and is a perfect balance of industrial, high-end and contemporary furniture design.
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