Its vertical quilting recalls the upholstery of 1950s automobile seats, banquettes from the mythical Orient Express, the hushed surroundings of English gentlemen’s clubs, the novels of Agatha Christie and Jules Verne, the balloons of the Montgolfier brothers…inviting one on a real motionless journey through time.
Philippe Nigro’s Phileas seating, designed for Ligne Roset, both challenges and surprises: he has managed the impressive feat of achieving cutting edge modernity, imbuing his creation with real personality and a strong visual identity close to the ‘never-before-seen’, whilst at the same time awakening a cluster of nostalgic reminiscences which anchor it in reassuring historical continuity, like a real multifaceted Proust madeleine.
Structure in mechanically-soldered steel and
panels of particleboard, clad in 200g/m2
polyester quilting. Base in Epoxy satin black or
satin bronze lacquered steel, or in solid walnut
with tubular steel reinforcing core.
Suspension of seat via elastic webbing. Integral
seat cushion in high resilience polyurethane
Bultex foam 38 kg / m3 – 3.6 kPa; back in
Bultex foam 26 kg/m3 – 1.4 kPa.
Cover quilted with ultra-flexible polyurethane
foam 30 kg/m3 – 1.8 kPa and 100 /m2 polyester
quilting. Twin-needle stitching on top section of
backrest. Invisible zips set into back.
COVERING MATERIALS: Plain covering
materials are recommended, with numerous
types of covering material possible: leather,
velvet, microfibre, woollen fabrics…
Studied Applied Arts (bac F12, BTS Design industriel à La Martinière – Lyon, DSAA Design produit & mobilier – école Boulle), during which time he designed the ‘Ailleurs’ garden in Chaumont-sur-Loire and the Flac light (winner of a Habitat competition) in conjunction with C. Gardet.
Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance designer, and also with studio De Lucchi in Milan, where he has participated in numerous projects developing products, furniture, lighting, interior architecture, events and scenography for Olivetti, Poltrona Frau, Artemide, Alias, Caimi, Interni, Feg, Listone Giordano…
At the same time he has also worked on projects for Nube Italia, Felicerossi, NavaDesign.
In 2008, he was awarded 2nd prize in the ‘Autogrill’ restaurant competition, with M. Biffi.
Since 2005, long-term furniture projects have been supported by the VIA, thanks to which he was able to design the Spiral shelf, Storage-Unit chest and Intersection divans and, in January 2009, the Twin-Chairs chairs and the Tréteau universal table base. Certain of his projects have been put into production, such as Cross-Unit (Sintesi) or Intersection, from which sprang the Confluences collection of upholstery, produced by Ligne Roset.