239 Fenc-e Nature Sofa
Defined by Philippe Starck as “a lifestyle collection of relaxed elegance”, Fenc-e Nature sees the designer continue on his joint mission with Cassina to revolutionise our concept of the classic sofa, using high-quality cutting-edge materials that respect the environment. The two- or three-seater sofa has organic forms - like the die-cast aluminium base - and textural elements that celebrate its affinity with the environment, like the natural-looking solid teak armrest with sanded finish. Each backrest, with frame in painted AISI 304 stainless steel, is available in hand-woven rope with an exclusive design or in natural untreated willow, used here for the first time. The outstanding comfort of the sofa is guaranteed by the generous seat and backrest cushions with padding in SoloSoff©, a blown polyester fibre and memory foam-based product, and the reclining backrest that can be set in two different positions thanks to a manual mechanism inspired by Asian architecture: a supporting rod in solid teak, processed to look like a branch, held in place by two wooden nails. The collection is completed by an armchair and a side table in two different heights.
“Subversive, ethical, ecological, political, fun: this is how I see my duty as a creator.” Philippe Starck. Despite his thousands of projects - completed or in the making - his global fame and his tireless protean inventiveness, never forget the essential. Philippe Starck has a mission and a vision: creation, whatever shape it takes, must make life better for the largest number of people possible. Starck believes this highly poetic, political, rebellious, benevolent, pragmatic and subversive duty must be borne by all and he resumes it with the humour that has accompanied his approach since the earliest days: “No one is forced to be a genius, but everyone has to take part.”
His anticipatory concern for environmental implications, his profound comprehension of contemporary mutations, his enthusiasm for imagining new lifestyles, his determination to change the world, his devotion to a positive reduction, his love of ideas, his desire to defend the intelligence of usefulness - and the usefulness of intelligence - have accompanied one iconic creation after the other… From everyday products such as furniture and lemon squeezers, to revolutionary mega-yachts, micro wind turbines, electric cars, and hotels that aspire to be wondrous, stimulating and intensely vibrant places, Starck never ceases to push the boundaries and criteria of contemporary design. His technological miracles are vectors of democratic ecology, focused on action and a respect for the future of both humans and nature. Predicting the phenomena of convergence and dematerialisation, Philippe Starck has always devised objects that demand the most from the least. The solutions provided by his dreams are so vital, so essential that he was the first Frenchman to be invited to the legendary TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) conferences, talks that bring together such illustrious speakers as Bill Clinton and Richard Branson. Inventor, creator, architect, designer, artistic director...
Philippe Starck is all of the above, but above all he is a man of honesty, in the purest tradition of the Renaissance artists.