As the saying goes, what’s old is new again. From fashion to furniture, design styles are often cyclical, and the practice of thrifting has brought forgotten aesthetics back to the fore. For legacy brands like Ligne Roset, the focus is less on following — or starting — trends, but rather on crafting timeless, heirloom-quality pieces that remain relevant through the ages. Its latest collection is a prime example of this ethos: a carefully curated selection of re-issues, and contemporary pieces by emerging designers that are poised to become icons in their own right. Now available in North America, the collection wholeheartedly embodies the craftsmanship, sustainability, and innovation that Ligne Roset has become renowned for.
Take, for instance, the iconic Togo Sofa, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary. Designed by Michel Ducaroy, it reimagined what a sofa could be, both in terms of form and construction. As part of the new collection, Marie C Dorner has put her own spin on the Floraly fabric, a 70s floral pattern, that was originally credited with spurring Togo’s rise to fame. Kashima, a 1970s Chesterfield defined by its round, tufted forms, and designed by Ducaroy, was also re-issued this year.
In mining the archives, Ligne Roset went all the way back to the 50s to revive two Pierre Paulin-designed classics. The CM 145 carver chair retains all its mid-century style but has been updated to enhance the comfort of its embracing form; its seat and back are now made of upholstered high-resilience polyurethane Bultex foam. The CM 202 stool, meanwhile, boasts the same spindly black tubular steel legs as the CM 145, but with a minimalistic round seat.
Over 50 years since they were first released, the re-issues still fit seamlessly into any interior. And, with any luck, this year’s launches will have the same enduring appeal. The Hashira dining table by Alain Gilles has all the makings of a modern classic. Its sculptural form, made of wood with an option for a marble top, is defined by its four instantly recognizable conical legs (it’s no wonder, then, that its name means pillar in Japanese). Considered down to the details, the curved wooden edge of the top effortlessly transitions into that of the marble, conveying a sense of quiet luxury.
This mixing of materials is also reflected in the two-tone Biscotto pedestal tables by Constance Frappolli. Each iteration pairs beige Brecha Maritima marble with a contrasting shade: the low version features the subtly- grained grey Ruivina, while the high version features stark white Estremoz.
The Chute Libre side table, designed by up-and-comer Vital Lainé, introduces an entirely different texture into the collection. Its striated appearance is the product of scrap wood — including MDF, particle board, plywood, and various species of solid wood — sorted and assembled in layers that alternate by wood type (the interior is left hollow, making it light enough to move around). The result is not only a more sustainable alternative but ensures that no two pieces are the same, making for a unique addition to any space.
Finally, form meets function in the Hypna bed, by Nada Nasrallah and Christian Horner of Soda Designers, whose headboard does double duty as a room divider; its movable sides can be opened and closed to create different configurations. When closed, the wings wrap around the bed to form a protective cocoon, turning the bedroom into a private, restful retreat. Extending the wings creates room for bedside tables or other furnishings while opening up the entire room. Endlessly versatile, Hypna can accommodate sleeping spaces of all sizes.
While the collection may feature fewer releases than in years past, as co-CEOs Antoine and Olivier Roset told us recently, it’s all part of the brand’s strategy of “scaling up by scaling down” that reflects its long-standing commitment to sustainable production. By designing timeless furnishings that are made to last, Ligne Roset is leading the way — as it has for decades.
This content was published by Azure on behalf of Ligne Roset.
The brand’s latest launches include both beloved classics and exciting debuts.