Ligne Roset manufactured the 260 Aluchair chairs which were designed by architect Jacques Ferrier to equip the French Pavilion in Shanghai, and has been manufacturing them for public consumption ever since.
Aluchair was devised by Jacques Ferrier and Pauline Marchetti for their French Pavilion project for the Shanghai World Expo 2010. In the tradition of Jean Prouvé, they sought to achieve the timeless precision of useful objects. It is their conviction that an everyday object is sensual when it is simple, informal, and solid.
With this idea in mind, they designed a chair, which can be used just as much outdoors as indoors. The reassuring proportions of the aluminum and steel base support a pierced seat/back shell, the seat of which can be covered by a range of wool pads.
An indoor/outdoor chair, it associates resistant materials such as the aluminum and stainless steel used for its base and the injected plastic used for its seat/ back. Of necessity easy to move, it prioritises aluminum and pierced plastic. Aside from the decorative effect of the latter, the pierced shell brings a degree off flexibility, which optimizes thecomfortonoffer,andalsoenablesraintodrain away during outdoor use. When used indoors the shell can be dressed with a felt seat pad, which clips in place easily. Here, sensuality is in perfect tune with comfort and wellbeing.
Construction: Structure including the rear foot in laser-cut aluminum; front foot in curved stainless steel; the whole finished in mastic, argile or elephant-coloured satin-finish lacquer. May be used either indoors or outdoors. Comfort: Seat/back shell in injected plastic finished in satin mastic or satin argile lacquer. This shell is pierced on both seat and back which, aside from the decorative effect, brings a level of flexibility which improves the comfort and enables rain to drain away when used outdoors.
Making-up: As an option, the seat may be covered with 5 mm thick 300 g/m2 wool pad, in a choice of grège, gris or anthracite. This removable pad clips into 3 grooves in the shell via stitched rubber joining rings.
Jacques Ferrier graduated from the Paris-Belleville School of Architecture in 1985 and from the engineering school Ecole Centrale de Paris in 1981. He created his own studio in 1990 in Paris. The office’s output is all based on the same philosophy: the creation of architecture for a sustainable society.