Ligne Roset


With the Riga armchair, Eric Jourdan seizes on an archetypal piece, the Voltaire armchair. However comfortable it may be, this traditional armchair generally has a rather stiff, static air. Eric Jourdan’s challenge was to soften its lines and breathe life and dynamism into them.

By treating the exterior shell as a shroud, a living skin which envelops the seat and back cushions, Eric Jourdan delivers a rejuvenated, pared-down version with free, sensual lines.

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Technical Specifications
Structure of footstool and seats of settee and
armchair in 3-layer particleboard. The back and
armrests trace out a sweepingly curved shell,
with a mechanically soldered steel structure clad
in injected polyurethane foam 100 g/m²
polyester quilting. Legs in square-section steel
22 x 22 mm in a matt black finish.

Block sprung suspension on seat. Integral seat
cushion in high resilience Bultex foam (36 kg/m3
- 2.8 kPa / 38 kg/m3 - 3.,6 kPa / 60 kg/m3 - 7.5
kPa) with a compartmented comfort layer filled
with new goose feathers (10 % down / 90 %
feathers). Back cushion in Bultex foam (36
kg/m3 - 2.8 kPa / 26 kg/m3 - 1.4 kPa) clad in
110 g/m² polyester quilting. Footstool in a
combination of 3 densities of Bultex foam as per
the seats of the settees and armchair, clad in
110 g/m² polyester quilting.

Settee and armchair - horizontal stitching on the
back cushion, held in place from top to bottom
by 2 zips. 3 pinch finish on each side of seat
cushion. Baguette stitch around the external
seat shell.
Fabric version - the footstool has 2 mounting
seams in 2 opposite corners.
Covers are removable.

The low-backed armchair and low-backed settee
may be made up in a bicolour version, in which
case part A (seat and front of back) is only
available in Canvas laine, Coda, Gandino,
Galice, Harald, Match, Oxford, Rosae, Steelcut
Trio or Terra, and part B (rear of back) is only
available in Diva Diva, Kyoto or Orga leather.
The 40 x 40 cushion is sold with a feather
interior, is zipped, and may be made up in
fabrics and leathers from the collection.
Meet the designer
Eric Jourdan

Eric was born in Chatou in 1961. He graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Saint Etienne and the L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. Paris.

He began collaborating with the gallery Neotu and in 1991 was the subject of a personal exhibition at the Cartier Foundation.

In 1995 he undertook a study based on a piece of bridging furniture for the ‘Carte blanche VIA’.

The galerie Gilles Peyroulet et cie displays a number of collections of furniture designed by Eric Jourdan. In 2002 he designed signage for the cité universitaire internationale de Paris in conjunction with Ruedi Baur.

Since 2002 he has also collaborated with Ligne Roset, with whom he was awarded the Red Dot Design Award for the Snowdonia settee. Several of his upholstery and furniture models have appeared in the Ligne Roset collection, the Shaman armchair being the latest.
The Hyannis Port collection is amongst his designs for Cinna.

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