Interview with Philippe Nigro

Interview with Philippe Nigro

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Adrienne Breaux
Jun 1, 2009

Ligne Roset is known for collaborating with some of the world's best and brightest designers, and the coupling with French designer Philippe Nigro is no different. His new upholstered furniture line for Ligne Roset is called Confluences, and features different seating units that can be arranged according to the user's style. We got the chance to ask Nigro some questions about his new line, his inspirations and what's next for him. More after the jump...

1) Where did your inspiration for this line come from? What are the feelings and impressions you want people to take away from this line?
This collection was inspired by the human being. The different parts making up each piece work in a hominoid way. Even if the design is sleek the lines are curved and give a real softness to this collection.

2) What would you say your own personal style is, both in furniture and interiors? Did your own style influence this new line at all?
In my experience, the idea to apply a style to a project is restrictive. I try to avoid following a style or always working with the same style, giving myself the freedom to innovate freely. The project is creating its own style and not the opposite.

3) Your career seems to be marked by the common thread of collaboration with other designers, design studios and furniture companies. Do you enjoy collaborating on projects with others or do you prefer to tackle ideas on your own?
Working with a master of Italian design like Michele De Lucchi gives me important insight on how to approach a project. It is very beneficial and I use this knowledge for my project. Cooperation is always an advantage and is a stimulus for creativity.

4) You've worked in a number of different yet related fields, designing everything from furniture to lamps to even interiors. Do you enjoy the process of designing one versus the other more?
My knowledge lies more in furniture design, but working on a project where design can be applied to products or interiors is something that I would also like to do more of in the future.

5) How excited are you to be working with Ligne Roset, known for representing some of the most talented designers? How did the process of working with them begin?
Thanks to the VIA (Valorisation de l'Innovation dans l'Ameublement), I was able to create prototypes of Confluences and make them physically visible for Michel Roset. My visit in Briord (headquarters of the Group Roset) made me realize the quality of their industrial resources and their capacity to innovate.
After that, the dialogue and the exchange came naturally. Our common goal was to improve Confluences as much as possible, and develop an entire collection. The open-mindedness of Ligne Roset and their ability to be on the cutting edge of design gave a lot to this project and shapes their place in the industry as a whole.

6) Finally, what's on the horizon for you and your designs?
It will depend of the success of Confluences…but not only! I hope that it is the beginning of long list of projects as interesting as Confluences.

(Image: Courtesy of Ligne Roset )

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