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Archibald is a modern Italian armchair available with upholstery in Pelle Frau® leather or removable fabric, with contrasting stitching in the leather version and tone-on-tone for the fabric one. The supporting structure is made of steel, while the padding is polyurethane foam, with polyester wadding applied to the areas where extra comfort is needed. The base consists of four cast aluminum feet and tubular steel frame with various finishes available. Springing is provided by elastic straps.
The Archibald seatings by Jean-Marie Massaud are the perfect combination of substance and form. The Archibald collection boasts a comfortable and enveloping design ideal for meditation and relaxation. The breadth and depth of the seat is balanced by the thin feet, which give an agile and slender overall effect. In the Archibald armchair upholstery, pleasantly wavy with its series of vertical folds, is embellished along the edges and external surfaces by contrast stitching, giving it an extra touch of refined elegance.
Born in Toulouse in 1966, Jean-Marie Massaud graduated in 1990 from Les Ateliers, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle, 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'Art Moderne de Paris to the permanent collections of the Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich, of The Chicago Athenaeum- Museum of Architecture and Design, of The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and of The Musée des arts Décoratifs, Paris.
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