For this year’s London Design Festival, European design house Sé presents two elegant installations, one in Brompton and another in Battersea. Renowned for working with some of the world’s most acclaimed designers, the two presentations showcase the brand’s distinct design aesthetic.
Sé: La Vie At The Set
In Battersea, Sé: La Vie at The Set has been designed around our collective yearning for conviviality: the pleasures of gathering together, of sharing a sofa, sitting around a table and enjoying stimulating conversation. Sé’s creative team has chosen a colour palette that explores the emotions of warmth, compassion and reunion. Welcoming reds and browns evoke the comforting feeling of autumnal Italian sunshine, while Sé’s elegant and expressive new designs use tactile and textural materials to enhance the sense of comfort, sociability and luxury. First shown at this year’s Milan Design Week, the presentation feels European, serene and unexpected.
Four new pieces are on display within Sé: La Vie at The Set:
• Inspired by the shape of seashells, Grace Sofa is a new sectional sofa designed by Nika Zupanc. Sé’s first corner sofa, the Grace fulfils our desire for conviviality and comfort. Upholstered in rich brown velvet from French fabric company Lelièvre Paris.
• Bringing a sense of repose and harmony, the Silence Lamp, also designed by Zupanc, is a new large sculptural lamp with a canopy-like shade. Base in Carrara marble; also available in any Sé ceramic colour.
• Sé’s Break In The Clouds Table by Damien Langlois-Meurinne is shown in travertine for the first time. The table is sturdy and irresistibly tactile. Available in a range of sizes from bistro to grand dining, it can be used both indoors and outdoors.
• Langlois-Meurinne’s The Only One Side Table an elegantly simple, sculptural shape which flares downwards and is now available in bronze with a verdigris patina in numbered editions.
Sé: A Courtship With Lelièvre Paris
As part of Brompton Design District, Sé: A Courtship with Lelièvre Paris is on display at the new Sé showroom on the Fulham Road. This innovative collaboration with renowned French fabric house Lelièvre Paris was first established because of the two companies’ shared reverence for artisanal craftsmanship. Lelièvre Paris remains one of the few European textile companies with its own weaving mill, home to a collection of hand looms mastered by highly skilled weavers. Sé’s designs, meanwhile, are crafted exclusively by a hand-picked roster of small-scale European producers. This partnership is the first in a series of ‘Courtships’ with many unexpected brands and ateliers that Sé admires.
Sé's creative team, led by Pavlo and his wife, Sé’s Creative Partner Amalia Schtakleff, explored Lelièvre Paris’s archives and selected classic fabrics and borders to adorn seven decorative drop curtains that form the dramatic backdrop to Sé furniture displayed in the new space. Among the pieces in the show from Sé’s four collections are Ini Archibong’s Oshun sofa and armchair from Collection IV3, the Happiness Armchair by Damien Langlois-Meurinne from Sé’s debut collection, and the Stay chair by Nika Zupanc from Collection III. All re-imagined in Lelièvre Paris’s striking geometric and graphic fabrics.
“Lelièvre Paris’s incredible heritage over more than a hundred years was an exciting starting point for this installation. The decorative drop curtains were designed to recollect the architecture seen in the 17th Century French court and which is still so quintessentially Parisian today,” says Amalia. “We wanted to juxtapose the more historic fabrics of the drop curtains with the contemporary designs covering the furniture. The installation will be a sumptuous and visually immersive experience, exploring the old and the new, and presenting both brands in a completely new light,” she adds.
View their professional space from 18 September to 26 September 2021 at:
175-177 Fulham Rd, London
Brompton Design District
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