The GranTorino HB sofa designed by Jean-Marie Massaud is like a small piece of architecture.
The seat structure is in metal tubing with interwoven elastic belts. Backrests and armrests are created from birch plywood. The external padding of the backrests and sides is in polyurethane foam and polyester wadding, whilst inside there is a soft quilting embellished with "X" stitching and padded in polyester wadding. The seat cushion is in down and polyester wadding with polyurethane foam stabilising insert. Each element is coupled with precise numbers of “moving” cushions, enhancing the backrest. The cushion sizes are 60x60 cm and 47x47 cm and they are filled with goose feathers. The feet are in titanium colour coated aluminium, with protective plastic caps. The upholstery matches leather with fabric: leather for the vertical panels and removable fabric for base, cushions and quilting.
The saddle leather version is enriched by raised stitching and the clean-cut leather is finished manually.
The side table base is in painted steel, in titanium colour or gunmetal meanwhile the surface is in Canaletto walnut or upholstered in Pelle Frau® or Saddle Extra.
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.