With the ‘Roman’ storage set and the ‘Elsa’ small chair for Ligne Roset, François Bauchet has carried off one of the most difficult creation exercises: re-reading commercial standards that are near clichés. Both these projects are innovative by their construction principle and sense of detail, and are carried by a line that is self evident.

‘Roman’ storage range
Although there is a saying that ‘the devil hides in details’, the same holds true for the god of good design… Apart from fluid lines imparted by the folded metal sheet that structures these pieces, the originality of the ‘Roman’ range lies in its ingenious assemblage system.

Laser-cut to a precise tooth pattern, the steel plates are assembled and held in place by a seam groove, which enables an otherwise impossible length in a single span. A simple principle that reflects an idea so good that it was – naturally – patented.
The range comprises console, TV stand, mirror, small shelf, writing desk and bookshelf. Colours are black, white, and black with red lacquer inside.


‘Elsa’ chair
Negotiating the constraint of inventing a new small chair with a steel tube base, François Bauchet developed a solution other than the eternal ‘sled’. The delicate design of the legs contrasts agreeably with the broken, fractal line of the shell.
New without being revolutionary, ‘Elsa’ is an all-purpose piece (home & contract) and comes with or without armrests and in different finishes – no doubt it will also see a whole range of versions.
H81,5 x W 38 x H 46 cm


François Bauchet, designer born 1948 at Montluçon (France). He trained at the school of Fine arts in Bourges. Since 1982, he teaches at the school of Fine arts in Saint-Etienne. In 1983, his maiden project, elaborated with the help of VIA and named « C’est aussi une chaise », was presented at the Salon des artistes décorateurs (SAD). From 1984 to 1998, he collaborated with Galerie Neotu. In 1987, he designed the offices of the Fondation Cartier at Jouy-en-Josas near Paris and took part in Documenta 8 at Kassel. Other projects followed: show windows and reception furniture for the Art Centre at Vassivière-en-Limousin, the reception area of the museum of Art & Industry in Saint-Etienne, the exhibition fit-out and café furniture for the Jeu de Paume in Paris, furniture, footbridge and folly for the grounds of the château d’Azay-le-Rideau… In the year 2000, the musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris staged a solo exhibition around his work. In 2001 and again in 2003, Galerie Kreo also gave him solo exhibitions. In 2002 he won the ‘Creator of the year’ award at the Paris furniture fair. His pieces and objects are currently under production with Galerie Kreo, Cinna, Ligne Roset, Ercuis, Haviland, GHM…
He also has pieces in various standing collections: the FNAC and the musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris, and the Design museum in Lisbon…

crédit photo portrait : Fabien Thouvenin