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Brutalist Imperfections: Chabanel II Collection by Foraine by Atelier Barda

Brutalist Imperfections: Chabanel II Collection by Foraine by Atelier Barda

Chabanel II Collection by Foraine by Atelier Barda

Imperfection and brutalism are the themes of FestiveNESS number 11. The Chabenel II Collection by Foraine, the new furniture division of Atelier Barda, is all about contrasts. From the wide legs to the thin seat, and from the minimal lines to its imperfect surfaces, this is a contemporary take on a timeless design question.

Ph. François Olivier Gouriou

Chabanel II Collection by Foraine by Atelier Barda

The Chabanel II Collection is the latest creation of Foraine. Until now, the prototypes were produced in small series for a specific project in the fashion industry. The brutalism-inspired design plays on the imperfection of the material and the minimalist lines. The cylindrical and robust legs contrast with the thin volume of the seat, backrest, or tabletop molded in black ultra-high performance concrete.

In 2017, Atelier Barda expanded into furniture design with its new division Foraine. Whether the team is designing a custom collection or adapting an existing line to a new space, they adopt an integrated approach, working closely with local artisans at every stage. In April 2018, Foraine was part of the exhibition In toto x Montreal a Milano that took place at Archiproducts Milano during the annual Salone del Mobile. Founders Cécile Combelle and Antonio di Bacco are part of the 2019 Archiproducts Design Awards’ jury panel, composed of over 50 leading professionals of the global Design industry.

Cécile and Antonio, graduates of the École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Toulouse, France, founded the Montreal-based international architecture and design studio Atelier Barda in 2013. Their multidisciplinary practice is guided by a commitment to fulfilling and even exceeding the design brief by pushing creative boundaries.  The designers address spaces in an open, constructive, and sensitive manner, giving attention to every detail.  For Cécile and Antonio, concepts do not only reflect the singularity of each project and its context, but also the intimate character of the designer.  Starting from an intuitive but rigorous manner, they approach each project by paying particular attention to the references born from their personal and common history, as well as the knowledge acquired through experience: matter in constant transformation.

Ph. François Olivier Gouriou

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