For optimum comfort, Pierre Paulin offers an additional version with ‘ears’ (CM 194 HD and CM 195 HD) which Ligne Roset is now re-editing in 2009 under the name Archi, in homage to their timeless design and the perfection of their ‘comfort curve’ which perfectly embraces the body of the sitter.
As with the TV chair (1953, re-edited by Ligne Roset in 2009), Archi marries a satin black lacquered or brilliant-chromed tubular steel base with covered sculpted foam set on a metallic frame. The seat part appears to be suspended on its ethereal base. Here one finds, between the seat and feet, the inverse symmetry so beloved of Pierre Paulin. From all this he brings a nervous, aerodynamic modernity. And with good reason: the automotive inspiration is omnipresent, whether in terms of saddlery techniques on a metal frame, the flexible suspensions employed, or the particular way in which the seat is set on the feet by means of shock absorbing silentblocs.
The comfort is perfect: the generous slope of the seat, the ergonomic design of the curving seat-back which support the body precisely and yet gently thanks to the qualities of the Bultex foams used,
and to the elastic webbed suspension on the seat and back. The high ear-shaped back allows the sitter to rest the head and shoulders.
Construction: Metal frame with ABS edging and elastic webbing. Quilted with polyether foam. Frame and legs in 30 x 20 mm rectangularsection tubular steel finished in brilliant chrome or satin black lacquer.
Metal frame of seat/back connected to base via silentblocs.
Comfort: Suspension via elastic webbing (seat and back). Integral seat cushion in polyurethane Bultex foam, with polyester quilting.
Armchair: armrests in steel clad in polyurethane foam, with polyester quilting.
Covers: Baguette stitching. Fully removable covers. Many covering materials – fabrics, microfibres, leather – are suitable.
Dimensions: Width / Depth / Height / Seat height
Chair with arms: 88 / 91 / 96 / 42 cm
Chair without arms: 64 / 91 / 96 / 42 cm
Footstool: 64 / 75 / - / 38 cm
Designer: Pierre Paulin