Perrine & Gilles have transformed the anti-aesthetic practice of covering a sofa with a cover into a work of art. This tradition was particularly prevalent on Spain’s Mediterranean coast and was crying out to be updated. From this experiment, a duo of sofas and chairs were born.
After a seemingly infinite amount of prototypes, we managed to cover the structure whilst respecting the volumes. As the cover is loose, it can be easily changed to create a new look. The coloured taping adds a touch of colour and marks the lines of the piece.
Barnaby can be considered a “neo-transitional object”, using a term coined by Stefano Caggiano1. In its rounded corners one can imagine cat-like ears, giving the design a lovable, almost animated feel, hence the pet name.
Perrine Vigneron & Gilles Belley
The Barnaby chair, for Sancal, is the first project that Perrine & Gilles have worked on together. Up until now these young, upcoming French designers were each following their own path. We hope that this will be the beginning of a long journey together!
Gilles Belley has been commissioned by a diverse set of companies: les Cristalleries Saint Louis, le Musée de l’homme, Premiere Vision and Apci. In 2008 he was awarded the Grand Prix de la création de la ville de Paris.
Upon graduation from the Royal College of Art, Perrine Vigneron joined Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s team for nine years. He founded his own studio in 2011 and went on to combine his career as an artist with industrial designs for manufacturers like Danskina (Kvadrat) or De Vorm.