Archibald Gran Comfort
Jean-Marie Massaud has designed the Archibald Gran Comfort in a completely new interpretation of the Archibald project, of which it offers a refined and informal version.
The central element is the large and soft seat cushion. The luxurious and soft leather bag with abundant goose-down padding sits in contrast with the architectural style of the steel shelf which supports it.
The suspension of the beech seat is achieved with elastic straps which continue along the outside edge of the steel-framed backrest for a further element of comfort.
The steel frame and feet are characterised by the Ruthenium finish. Extremely thin and light, they almost seem to be sketched in pencil.
The quilted goose-down baffle padding of the seat and backrest enhances the softness of the armchair.
The removable upholstery is available exclusively in the new Pelle Frau® Safari leather. The upholstery’s outer profiles are embellished by the raw cut of the leather, hand-painted and finished with contrasting stitching.
Born in Toulouse in 1966, Jean-Marie Massaud graduated in 1990 from Les Ateliers, EcoleNationaleSupérieure de CréationIndustrielle, Paris. He began to work both in Asia and in France, finally opening his own office in Paris in 1994. Since than, he has dedicated himself to industrial and furniture design, building important relationships with brands such as Authentics, Baccarat and Magis. His collaboration with Marc Berthier and his work in the field of town planning led him towards design and architecture. He is concerned with design in various contexts, industrial products and furniture. His contextual approach centres on research into the essential, within which the individual remains the centre of attention. It is a work upheld by research into the senses, magic, and vital emotion which brings him to work with very different brands: Cassina, Poltrona Frau, Cappellini, Cacharel, Lancôme, Tronconi and Yamaha offshore.
His works have been awarded several prizes and many of his designs are nowadays on show in the design collections of the major museums worldwide: from Amsterdam, Chicago, London, Paris and Zurich: from the permanent collection of the Musée National d'ArtModerne de Paris to the permanent collections of the Museum fürGestaltung, Zürich, of The Chicago Athenaeum- Museum of Architecture and Design, of The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and of The Musée des arts Décoratifs, Paris.