Furniture Designer Spotlight: La Chance



An enterprising duo mines their respective creative and business backgrounds to create a furniture collection with French roots and universal appeal.

Jean-Baptiste Souletie and Louise Breguet are the young founders of Parisian manufacturer La Chance. They release

One of the most intriguing debuts at 2012’s Salone del Mobile in Milan was that of France’s La Chance, who presented a Jekyll & Hyde–themed furniture collection in a split-screen display so that objects on each side “mirrored” each other. Pieces on the refined Jekyll side featured neutral hues, natural materials, and matte finishes, while, on the playful Hyde side, those same pieces were rendered in audacious colors and high gloss. La Chance’s Jean-Baptiste Souletie and Louise Breguet had found an unorthodox way to tell two very different stories through a single object.

Jean-Baptiste Souletie and Louise Breguet are the young founders of Parisian manufacturer La Chance. They release

Jean-Baptiste Souletie and Louise Breguet are the young founders of Parisian manufacturer La Chance. They release “unlimited” editions from primarily European designers, like Note Design Studio, whose Tembo and Bolt stools are shown here in their studio space, a flat in the 16th arrondissement.

Photo: Céline Clanet

One year later, the floor of their Empire-style office—once a swank residential apartment in an early modernist building in Paris—is crowded with latter-day La Chance pieces: Pierre Favresse’s Magnum tabletops (Jekyll), a shiny yellow coffee table by Luca Nichetto (Hyde), and a pair of Note Design Studio Tembo stools (one Jekyll, one Hyde) are framed by a marble fireplace, lofty fabric-draped walls, and an aging wood-paneled library. This mix of classical and avant-garde, timeless and timely, isn’t Manichaean, however; it speaks to the coherent, mutually enriching duality that the two are assuredly creating.

These polar qualities are more subtle in La Chance’s second collection, shown at Salone in April: The Jekyll version of Paris-based Pool’s Vulcain lamp is sophisticated, with a Carrara marble body topped by a perforated copper shade. In the lamp’s Hyde incarnation, color is used with restraint: A yellow switch and blue cord accent an otherwise entirely white object.

La Chance unveiled two suspension lights by French designer Guillaume Delvigne at Salone del Mobile in 2013, Hal and Swan.

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