Competent, elegant, timeless… the DownTown chair is for demanding decision-makers looking for comfort and sophistication. A sleek technical seat handcrafted by the Poltrona Frau craftsmen, a guarantee of its quality. Much more than a stunning sculpture, the DownTown chair is a sensual and distinctive Jean-Marie Massaud creation.
The DownTown chair is available in five versions: President, Executive, Managerial, Meeting and Visitor. The upholstery, embellished with tone-on-tone or contrast stitching, is in Pelle Frau® leather, also available in a version with micro-perforations on the inside surface of the backrest, the armrests and the cushion. In the President, Executive, Managerial and Meeting versions the base, in polished or black lacquered aluminium, is composed of five spokes with soft automatic braking “W” swivel castors that adapt to all kinds of floor. The Visitor version, meanwhile, has a four-spoke base with plastic swivel glides which are also available for the other models on request. The DownTown chairs are height-adjustable and can be swivelled by pulling up the lever underneath the seat on the right. The President, Executive and Managerial versions come with the “Syncron” oscillation mechanism for the backrest and seat, which enables the chair to adjust to the body of the user, supporting their movements and providing extraordinary comfort. The chair’s mechanism allows it to be locked into four different positions. DownTown Meeting can swivel thanks to a thrust bearing. DownTown Visitor is equipped with a swivel mechanism with automatic return whose thrust bearing allows the chair to rotate and return to its original position.
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.