As tense and profiled as an automobile body, ‘Hampton’ is a memory bank for Eric Jourdan : ‘I started out in this profession thinking I was going to design cars. With this type of commission and the culture of Domeau & Pérès, who work a lot in aviation and aeronautics, I’m getting back down to my roots as a designer’. This is almost a break for a creator known for the soft elegance of his seating, in particular for Ligne Roset, and who brings together here two of the basic exercises for any real creator: design a chair and design a vehicle.
Made by Domeau & Pérès in red cedar, the ‘Hampton’ extrapolates a model Jourdan originally designed for the terrace of a private golf club house in the United States. A tailor-made commission typical of Domeau & Pérès extended to the general public in a version suitable for both interior and exterior.
The contrast between broken lines and solid material in a deceptively simple assemblage of untreated planks sends up an echo with the ‘Autoprogettazione’ by Enzo Mari – this is an armchair that uses a sculptural vocabulary but remains extremely comfortable. Back to basics for Eric Jourdan, pending his much awaited armchair and sofa range for Ligne Roset next January.