Design manufacturer La Chance was founded by Louise Breguet and Jean-Baptiste Souletie during Milan’s Salone del Mobile in 2012, with the goal of bringing together emerging and established designers to explore contemporary interpretations of the art deco movement. 'The brand is about warm, uninhibited luxury,' explains Breguet. 'It aims to break away from cold, impersonal and conceptual designs.' Its latest collection is currently on view in an exhibition at Matter’s showroom in New York, which is now the exclusive purveyor of the brand in the city.
The installation features a wide range of furniture, lighting and accessories, including new releases by designers such as Guillaume Delvigne, Jonah Takagi and Alain Gilles alongside some of the brand’s signature pieces, like Charles Kalpakian’s off-kilter 'Rocky' credenza and Note Design Studio’s playful (and unexpectedly comfortable) stool made of four wooden cylinders held together by a metal ring.
'Salute' tables, by Sebastian Herkner
All the products are united by an emphasis on 'noble' materials; each piece is made from carefully sourced solid wood, marble, metal, cork, blown glass and leather, which are treated with a combination of traditional and modern techniques. Delvigne’s sculptural 'Toy' vase, for example, combines blown glass, industrial flat glass and a hand-painting technique to create a unique overlay of patterns and colour combinations.
Other notable releases include Takagi’s 'MeWoMa' dining table, a totemic construction made of stacked metal, wood and marble, and Gilles’ 'Xray' sofa, a design that highlights its steel frame through a graphic prime colour treatment. These new additions continue La Chance’s tradition of juxtaposing delicate structural frameworks with heavier components to create bold visual statements that still clearly outline their functions.