The Funambule Chair

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This sleek new piece of furniture from Montreal-based designers Loïc Bard and Nicolas Granger marries hand-crafted quality and attention to detail with a bold, minimalist approach to design. The chair’s elegant form was inspired by traditional Japanese furniture and demonstrates an appreciation for simplicity and geometry that is reminiscent of the Bauhaus. Made of one continuous line, the back, arms, and front two legs of the chair glide poetically through the form and introduce an unexpected ethereality to an otherwise solid structure. In this way, although extremely simple, the Funambule Chair draws attention to itself; visitors are attracted to touch, to sit, and to investigate its unusual spatial qualities.
There is much to be admired in the construction of the Funambule Chair. From the hand-carved seat to the use of traditional tenon and mortise joinery methods, to the soaked and steamed ash wood that forms the delicate back support, Bard and Granger’s craftsmanship is unmatched. The amount of care that is put into this seemingly effortless form makes for a chic furniture piece that functions on every level, be it for comfort or as a work of art. Available in natural, stained white, or natural black finishes.

Lizzie Wright

Lizzie

​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website

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