Inspired by his iconic Archibald chair, Wallpaper*Award in the “Best Domestic Design” section in 2009, Jean-Marie Massaud creates another little masterpiece, a dining chair of impeccable elegance.
The Archibald dining chair is sculpted, clean and contemporary, softened with a sartorial touch that is evident in every detail, like the sumptuous folds on the inside of the backrest upholstered in leather.
Or the understated armrest that resembles a shirt collar that has been left slightly open with a casualness that is both deliberate and undeniably elegant. Or the precious contrast stitching, which discreetly and skilfully underlines the curved line of the back and profiles.
The most recent addition to the Archibald collection, which ten years ago arrived on the scene as a contemporary take on the classic English tub chair, the new Archibald dining chair boasts all the comfort of the rest of the collection but has a sleeker, more casual allure that makes it particularly eclectic and perfect for both contemporary spaces and, conversely, more classic interiors.
The shell and armrests of the Archibald dining chair are made from moulded rigid polyurethane while the internal padding consists of soft moulded polyurethane and polyester wadding. The frame, also padded in polyurethane foam and wadding, is made from birch plywood. Elastic springs. The 4-legged base is made from solid ash with a Wenge or Moka stain, and has felt pads or a choice of protective guides at the ends of the legs. It can be upholstered in Pelle Frau® leather or fabric. The leather version is embellished with contrast stitching.
Architect, designer and inventor, Jean-Marie Massaud seeks to only create designs that question established expectations and subvert trends and preconceptions.
Born in Toulouse, France in 1966, he graduated from the École Nationale Supérieur de Création Industrielle - Les Ateliers, Paris in 1990.
He founded Studio Massaud in 2000 with Daniel Pouzet and His approach is centred on the search for a pure aesthetic, where the individuals’ needs are always paramount.
To date, he has worked for prestigious companies such as, Offecct, Cappellini, Poltrona Frau and Cassina, and luxury brands Armani, Lancôme and Baccarat. In 2000 he founded Studio Massaud with Daniel Pouzet and orientated his activity towards architectural projects alongside furniture and industrial products design.
Although most well known for his furniture designs, such as the Outline easy chair for Cassina, the Archibald A easy chair for Poltrona Frau, the Bond chair for Offecct and the Jackie bed for Poltrona Frau, the studio has also reinvented the architectural brand images of Lancôme and Renault and has directed large-scale projects such as: the Tanabe House (Fukuoka, Japan), a 50,000 seat stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico.