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Jon Sofa

"Jon Sofa is a naturally iconic piece. Modular volumes and highly sensual forms intertwine to create a warm and inviting space. Jon is designed with generosity."

Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance

Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance

"It seemed important to me to entrust the manufacture of the first sofa of my collection to the exceptional savoir-faire of a renowned upholsterer. The challenge was to combine very tense lines with generous and sensual curves. The work of connection between each module, and between the backs and the seats, required all the agility and expertise of the workshops. Particular attention was paid to all the seams that underline the comfort and specify the shapes of the Jon sofa. Thanks to an enriching and constant dialogue with the workshops, my sketches were interpreted to perfection; a guarantee of a successful alliance. At the heart of this exciting collaboration, a strong common vision emerged thanks to the teams and to Charles Jouffre."

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Considered by AD Magazine as "one of the most interesting French designers of the last 20 years", Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance has won numerous awards since 2002 and never ceases to surprise with his sculptural design.

With his rich creative background, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance has cultivated a remarkable career that ranges from architecture to furniture and from interiors to limited edition custom collections. Strongly inspired by nature and the environment that surrounds him, the French designer aims to inscribe his creations with a sustainable approach.

Our workrooms were pleased to work alongside him in developing and producing several pieces of furniture which he envisioned, including the Jon sofa in 2017, which the designer defines as "a naturally iconic piece" and whose "very sensual shapes intertwine to create a warm and welcoming space."

In 2018, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance left his comfort zone and moved from the French capital to Lisbon. For him, living in Portugal means adopting a new approach in a country where he opens up to new horizons, as close as the land to the sea. He launched "Made in Situ", a project presenting a very limited number of pieces per collection, in which the artisans are placed at the center of the creation process.

More recently, he called upon our teams to create a new Jon sofa, this time with 6 modules acting as puzzle pieces that can be assembled and disassembled according to his desires and spaces. Our upholsterers made the sofa and covered it in a cognac-colored leather.

This piece of furniture with its organic shapes required great dexterity on the part of our upholsterers who used their agility to develop delicate finishes in leather, a material that is complex to handle and work with. The search for generous and uniform curves was also an important part of this technically challenging project.

Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance and his team visited our workshop to validate the different stages of the project as well as the comfort of the sofa's seat, moving each step forward hand in hand with our teams. Célia Regard, Project Coordinator in our workshops says: "It is always very inspiring to work with Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance and his team, with whom we share similar philosophies on craftsmanship and savoir-faire. We took great pleasure in accompanying them in the search for the perfect curves while creating this piece of furniture."

Decorative cushions made by our upholsterers in the same leather accessorize the Jon Sofa, which has left our workshop to join a residence located in Lisbon, Portugal.

Photos : © Clément Chevelt

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