Odile Mir’s granddaughter is reissuing her 1970s French furniture

Parisian designer Léonie Alma Mason launches LOMM Editions – a new brand presenting 1970s furniture designs created by her grandmother, nonagenarian artist Odile Mir 

Chrome and natural leather 1970s lounge chair and ottoman shown on a yellow plinth, designed in the 1970s by Odile Mer and now reissued by LOMM Editions
The ‘Filo’ chair and ottoman, featuring chrome structures and natural leather, are among the pieces presented by LOMM Editions. Originally designed in the 1970s by artist Odile Mir, the pieces were rediscovered by her granddaughter, designer Léonie Alma Mason, and now reissued with a contemporary spin
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New design brand LOMM Editions makes its debut with a multigenerational story of collaboration and love. Launched by Parisian designer Léonie Alma Mason, it features the furniture designs of her grandmother, artist Odile Mir.

Mir had studied sculpture in Casablanca, Morocco, before moving to Paris in the 1950s. Growing up, Mason was immersed in her grandmother’s creative universe: ‘I spent a lot of time with her in her workshop in Toulouse, making clay sculptures, papier-mâché books, salt doughs, drawings,’ she recalls. ‘She was always speaking about her new ideas, creations and artistic collaborations, but she never talked about this design period in her life before 2017.’

Odile Mir: accomplished artist and self-taught designer

Artist Odile Mir, left, with her granddaughter, designer Léonie Alma Mason

Artist Odile Mir, left, with her granddaughter, designer Léonie Alma Mason. The pair were photographed at Mir's Toulouse home; its yellow floors have always inspired Mason and the colour is set to be a recurring one throughout the collections of LOMM Editions

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An accomplished artist now in her nineties, Mir was a self-taught designer. ‘She always regretted not being able (or allowed, at the time, being a woman) to study more and to become an architect,’ explains Mason. Even without an architecture background, Mir was able to conceive and develop projects such as La Nef Solaire, a pavilion and giant sundial in the south of France, created in 1993 in collaboration with astronomer Denis Savoie and engineer Robert Queudot. 

Mir’s furniture pieces were largely produced by French manufacturer Prisunic in the 1970s, whose affordable prices and contemporary, optimistic design approach made it a popular choice for furniture at the time. Her designs featured metal structures and leather, and their simplicity offers a glimpse of Mir’s talent. She would work on early prototypes by welding together steel chrome tubes and using found leather scraps to create her chairs, later developed into sleek furniture pieces. 

LOMM Editions: a multigenerational design collaboration

Lounge chair and ottoman on a yellow rug

Pieces from the ‘Filo’ collection, including the lounge chair and ottoman, and the newly presented ‘Duo n°872’ lamp

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It was when Mir asked her granddaughter to find a maker that could reproduce a lounge chair from her 1970s collections that Mason discovered her grandmother’s full design catalogue. This inspired her to create an archive of Mir’s works, and eventually a collection of reissued pieces of furniture presented under the brand name LOMM Editions (the moniker formed from a combination of their initials). 

‘We spent many afternoons together in my grandmother’s basement, looking for documents, old pictures, original prototypes that had survived from the time,’ says Mason, who also did some independent research into the furniture manufacturers her grandmother worked with, and spoke to curators from French museums and institutions to piece together the history of these designs. ‘I felt like an archaeologist,’ she jokes. The result of this research was a collection of approximately 40 pieces, designed by Mir and forming the basis for LOMM Editions. 

Two black and white photographs showing original models of a lamp (left) with a chrome base and two eye-like lights, and a chair with ottoman (right) with chrome structure and fabric seats

Photographs showing the original prototypes by Mir of the ‘Duo n°872’ lamp and ‘Filo’ chair and ottoman

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The collection includes pieces from the ‘Filo’ series, originally produced by Prisunic, among them a sleek chair and ottoman with chrome structures and natural leather, and a magazine holder defined by a simple graphic line in chrome. ‘At the time, the “Filo” collection was shown in the windows of Printemps on the Boulevard Hausmann in Paris; you can still find some of these vintage pieces at antique shops or at auctions, with cognac leather,’ says Mason.

‘We agreed together to modernise them,’ she continues, by using ‘a very different untreated cow skin with a pale pink colour, which will evolve and darken with time. This line is amazing because it is so simple, clever and timeless,’ she adds. ‘The seat is totally independant from the structure. The steel is really thin and unbreakable.’

‘Duo n°872’ lamp next to a yellow installation

‘Duo n°872’ lamp by Odile Mir, produced for the first time by LOMM Editions

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To make the collection feel complete, Mason and Mir added a lamp, a piece, the granddaughter explains, that really represents the collection’s mood. Originally designed and prototyped in 1971, the ‘Duo Floor Lamp n°872’ was never produced. ‘It is very beautiful, with a perfect balance of round and straight elements, but also very practical and flexible, with the double swivel shade moving up and down,’ says Mason. 

To present the collection, Mason has edited a limited-edition design book (conceived as an art project and featuring elements recurring in Mir’s designs and her own home, such as mirrored surfaces and the colour yellow), and restored a 1970s bookshop in Paris’ rue de Clichy, to preview the LOMM Editions lamps before the collection is fully unveiled later in 2021.

A black and white photograph showing a detail of the Filo chair designed by Odile Mer and featuring chrome and leather seat

An archive image showing the original ‘Filo’ lounge chair by Odile Mir

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An archive photograph showing three lounge chairs and one ottoman displayed in a circle inside a minimally-decorated home, designed by Odile Mer and originally produced by Prisunic. The furniture features chrome structures and cognac leather seats

The ‘Filo’ collection by Odile Mir was originally produced by French company Prisunic and featured cognac leather seats

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Chrome and natural leather 1970s lounge chair shown on a yellow background, designed in the 1970s by Odile Mer and now reissued by LOMM Editions

The ‘Filo’ lounge chair

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Chrome 1970s magazine holder shown on a yellow background, designed in the 1970s by Odile Mer and now reissued by LOMM Editions

The chrome magazine holder from the ‘Filo’ collection by Odile Mir 

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Chrome and natural leather 1970s ottoman shown on a yellow background, designed in the 1970s by Odile Mer and now reissued by LOMM Editions

The ‘Filo’ ottoman by Odile Mir

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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.

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