French designer Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have conceived the Belleville Collection for Swiss furniture brand Vitra, which will presented at Milan Design Week this month. Belleville collection comprises a chair and an armchair as well as rectangular and round tables characterized by a one line frame rendered in black polyamide.
According to the duo, the idea behind the Belleville chair was to create a flexible product that can be used indoors or outdoors. “From one side, the polyamide version allows heavy-duty outdoor locations,” the designers said. “While on the other hand, the upholstery and plywood shell versions belong to a softer landscape.”
The “one line” frame structure links the feet to the shells and continues into the armrests and into the backrest. Like a typographer does with the design of a letter, step-by-step the designers valued the proportions of this line in order to make it well balanced, but also to answer the demands of the production technology. Belleville chair is light, easy to grab and stack. So it moves from one place to another. Belleville family includes two tables with cast black powder-coated aluminum legs and tops available in laminate wood or stone.
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