Insulaire by Numéro 111
Numéro 111 has presented a collection named Insulaire as part of the VIA Furnishing Programme at Maison & Objet 2014. The idea is to conceive the living room as an island, a ‘space inside space’ where furniture plays a structuring role and creates varied experiences of comfort and use.
Sophie Françon, Jennifer Julien and Grégory Peyrache, the memebers of Numéro 111, decided not to completely adopt the traditional approach that focuses on the sofa; but a more laid-back take linked to floor-level living, where the central element – a rug – is accompanied by easy-grip cushions that can be positioned as needed to form headrest, back-rest or seat.
Other pieces interact with both space-levels: tables with an upper plateau that moves to serve at low or divan level, a lamp that reconfigures to serve as reading light, up-washer or standing lamp. There is also a screen that defines territory and doubles as a storage unit, the open-work parts of which serve to hang a mirror or digital devices. As for the material that pulls this set together, numéro 111 chose rattan for its solidity, flexibility and light weight, associating it to textiles whose soft colours create an impression of comfort conducive to rest.
Numéro 111 consists of 3 individuals, Sophie Françon, Jennifer Julien and Grégory Peyrache. Comprising two designers and one architect, the team asserts a global approach, not restricting themselves to one scale, method, or discipline. Sensitive to forms and materials, Numéro 111 above all observes everyday life, questioning surroundings and suggesting communal creations, established from shared thoughts and styles. Each project attempts to closely interlink the design and manufacturing process. The Numéro 111 office convenes around various projects, with objects, furniture, architecture, interior design and scenography as scope.
[divider]About VIA DESIGN 2014 [/divider]
VIA DESIGN 2014 is promoting the latest draft of Creation assistance projects at the Maison&Objet fair. In 300 square metres, the public discovers seventeen new prototypes financed by VIA – tables, sofas, armchairs, consoles, lighting, touch pads, etc. – and imagined by the rising generation of French design. An annual event in the design world, the VIA Creation assistance prototypes show is unquestionably one of the best showcases for innovative design.
Comprised of one Carte Blanche, one Furnishing programme, six Project assistance grants and one Partnership project, VIA DESIGN 2014 brings together an array of prototypes that integrate new user protocols and bring a wealth of innovations in materials, experimental techniques, research into new industrial processes and eco-design initiatives.