Ever since its inaugural collection was presented in Milan in 2012, there’s been an inherent duality in the works of La Chance. That debut line was aptly named “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide” and explored the oscillation between playfulness and peace, belligerence and sobriety. The abstract concepts behind these stunning sculptural pieces were represented by a literal splitting down the middle. Objects were created in two different iterations; by juxtaposing materials, colours, and finishes, the same silhouette was assigned two very different moods and design identities.
La Chance has always known design to be a complex discipline as much as it has known that client tastes are fluid. For the Parisian-based company, variety is one of its founding principles.
The brand was established by Louise Breguet and Jean-Baptiste Souletie, who, prior to their collaboration, worked in architecture and finance, respectively. A shared passion for French design led them to found La Chance and amass a team of respected designers and architects — as well as several dogs, a Buddhist DJ, and a one-eyed parrot. Today the company’s office is situated in the Marais district of Paris.
So much of the La Chance aesthetic is inspired by art deco; the designers gravitate towards the style’s signature mix of geometry and decoration, combining varied materials and resulting in seriously dramatic interiors. A leading figure of the movement, French designer Jacques Emile Ruhlmann (28 August 1879 – 15 November 1933), has served as a major inspiration for this team. La Chance points to Rulhmann’s self-identity as an “ensemblier”, which translates to “the one who puts together,” as a lynchpin in the company’s raison d’être. And just as Breguet and Souletie have assembled a rather odd and wonderfully varied mix of designers and artisans, so too have those creatives assembled their individual aesthetics into a beautifully unified — but intentionally dichotomized — whole.
The result is a series of furniture and objets d’art that could be best described as statement or conversation pieces. The company itself refers to these as the “twist” in more traditional interiors — the thing that will perhaps prompt a double take. Sophisticated and sculptural, straddling juxtaposed ideas, these ornamental pieces are designed with sustainability in mind. Not only are they meant to serve as heirloom pieces that last, but they’ve also been crafted from long-lasting materials and through traditional techniques. For instance, La Chance only uses wood sourced from sustainable exploitation FSC approved forests, and only from European species of trees. Synthetic materials are overlooked in favour of natural materials like marble, metals, cork, leather, blown glass, and pure lambswool from New Zealand.
The current collection is a unique mix of furniture, accessories, rugs, lighting fixtures, and even wallpapers, infused with a theatrical combination of retro style and modernity.
Scroll down for a look at some of our favourite pieces.
NOTE DESIGN STUDIO
NOE DUCHAUFOUR LAWRANCE
DAN YEFFET & LUCIE KOLDOVA
Photos via La Chance.