We have long admired the work on Montreal’s Appareil Architecture, from their stately corrugated metal-clad chalets to their eye-catching Mile End destinations. At Pastel Rita, the colour-blocked workshop/café the studio completed in 2017, Appareil also showcased its custom-made Floe chair, which it used as a seating solution and a space divider. Now, that stool has re-emerged as part of the firm’s new furniture collection, which it is unveiling at Souk @ Sat, the Society for Arts and Technology‘s long-running contemporary bazaar.
The firm, founded in 2010 by architect Kim Pariseau, established its furniture division Atelier Appareil in 2017, and at Souk @ Sat, it’s expanding with three new pieces. The collection is a natural extension of the architectural work. It was “born from the belief that there are no real boundaries between architecture and design,” the studio says. “On the contrary, we believe that a symbiosis between these disciplines is essential to the development of innovative ideas, both in the design of spaces and objects.”
The collection is anchored, naturally, by Floe. Available in standard, lounge or high stool options, the chair is a blend of organic and inorganic: gently curved ash wood is used for the seat and backrest, which appear to hover atop a slender, square steel frame. It’s meant to evoke mid-century design without being too reverential. “Its unique look revisits the aesthetic of ’50s furniture while steeping itself in a touch of modernity all its own,” says the firm. “The arrangement of its elements projects a character that is sculptural while simultaneously giving an impression of lightness.”
The chair is available in two colourways, black or natural wood.
Heta, similar to Floe, uses square steel tubing for structural support, but is decidedly different in tone: the table is made from a series of interconnected geometric forms. Toying with the shape of the traditional circular coffee table, Heta features a frame structure that outlines a playful two-tiered structure, with a half-moon tray tucked beneath the 19-inch-diameter ash tabletop, and also allows the table to be easily carried from room to room.
Finally, Appareil is launching the Doli hook collection, a whimsical set of wall hooks that can double as wall art. With no visible mounting hardware, the wooden hooks are available in half-circle, circle and oblong forms. The wooden pieces are available in a variety of colours – and their geometric forms mirror the visual language of Heta. In a way, they resemble miniature tables. “While functional, their unique aesthetic allows a multitude of configurations to decorate the walls,” says the firm.
Along with the above collection, Appareil Atelier also offers bespoke furniture, product design, prefabrication and visual branding services. Each of the above pieces will be on display at Souk @ Sat, which runs until December 2.