French contemporary furniture brand Ligne Roset has for some time been forging ever‑closer links with artists. Like most companies whose lifeblood is innovation, it knows that artists can bring to commercial ventures something inexpressibly valuable – added creativity. Late last year it hosted a series of “artist salons” in its London showroom, the purpose of which was to recreate the spirit of the Académie des Beaux-Arts’ Paris Salon of 1725. The project offered artists – such as conceptual artist Florence Lam, mixed-media artist Tim A Shaw and artist/photographer Marta Corada, to name just three – the chance to engage with their audience in an intimate setting through interactive talks between artist, curator and collector.
But Ligne Roset has also had a long and fruitful relationship with French artist and designer Pascal Mourgue, who studied wood sculpture at L’Ecole Boulle, design and architecture at L’Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs, and worked with the late, great Charlotte Perriand. Today it has more than 15 pieces designed by Mourgue and has just added three more to its collection. Mourgue believes there’s no contradiction between fine art and functionality, and the re-edition of the Fil fireside chair (in synderme-leather composite, £602, in cowhide, £877, in wool-felt, £606, first picture) is elegantly utilitarian. Also new is the copper-coloured and black-enamelled ceramic vase (£76), a version of Mourgue’s famous Les Oiseaux, and the sublimely chic Spilla light (£205, second picture), in bent steel finished in white textured-satin lacquer with a white chintz shade.