Original title : Ligne Roset + Yabu Pushelberg
The legendary french furniture brand is celebrating its 160th anniversary this year. The birth of the Pukka collection, a collaboration between this visionary company and designers George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, combines traditional expertise, maximum comfort and unconventional design.
Five generations of the Roset family have worked for the company founded by Antoine Roset in 1860. Roset made his start by opening a wood processing factory in the Ain department in France, where he soon started producing wooden umbrellas, walking sticks and chair frames with his son, Emile. After WWII, Antoine’s grandson, Jean, decided to make commercial-grade furniture. He was so successful that he began selling to the residential market.
A wave of creativity revolutionized the world of design in the 1960s and 1970s, and Roset the second enlisted the talents of renowned architects and interior designers to create innovative furniture under the helm of his sons, Pierre and Michel. Simultaneously, the company began experimenting with new materials and innovative manufacturing techniques. The idea of working with foam—the epitome of lightness, softness and comfort— continues to drive the company’s success, thanks to the celebrated Togo line designed by Michel Ducaroy. Iconic and timeless, this unique chair created in 1973 is still a favourite with interior designers. The birth of Togo coincided with the creation of the Ligne Roset brand and the opening of its first store. Ever since, Ligne Roset has produced distinctive furniture in collaboration with award-winning designers like Pierre Paulin, the Bouroullec brothers and Pascal Mourgue and continues to develop emerging talents through the Cinna competition.
George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg now feature on the list of noted creatives who have worked with Ligne Roset. The designers founded their studio in 1980 with an emphasis on interior design. Now a team of more than one hundred professionals with offices in New York and Toronto, Yabu Pushelberg explores new and innovative solutions to design, with a focus on how it will make people feel and improve everyday life. With this in mind, the firm created the Pukka collection. Designed as being “sensual to the eye and the behind,” these exceptionally comfortable seats find their roots in the UP50 collection designed by Gaetano Pesce in 1969. Pesce was inspired by the way in which a sponge always springs back into its original shape. Curvaceous and elegant, Pukka sofas, armchairs and footstools by Yabu Pushelberg totally reinvent the UP50 by imbuing it with feminine, organic lines. The design quality of Yabu Pushelberg’s work, combined with the manufacturing expertise of Ligne Roset, make Pukka a unique collection. Each piece is covered in very stretchy fabric that ideally complements the ultra-flexible foam structure. The latest iteration features Ligne Roset’s new Gentle fabric, a 100% wool stretch velvet that clothes it perfectly.