Fenc-e Nature continues the revolutionary journey of classical sofa designs by avoiding more and more avandgard materials by Philippe Starck and Cassina…
“With the Fenc-e Nature, I created something that doesn’t exist; something between daily DIY and Duchamp’s Ready Made. It doesn’t seem to come out of a factory, and brings humanity, charm, poetry, creativity and Nature to your home.”
Defined by Starck as a “lifestyle collection of laid-back elegance”, Fenc-e Nature includes an armchair, a two-seater sofa, a three-seater sofa and a coffee table available in two different heights.
Philippe Starck celebrates harmony and osmosis with nature through an outdoor collection inspired by and extremely respectful of its environment. The selection of the most natural materials and high quality create a durable and timeless collection. The Fenc-e Nature seating collection is characterised by organic, almost primitive, forms and tactile elements like its ample armrest in solid teak sandblasted to create a natural, rough effect. Each seat’s individual backrest is handwoven with rope according to a specific pattern studied specifically for this project; the backrest is also available in natural willow, a living material never used in this context before, to further strengthen the bond with nature.
Born in Paris in 1949, Philippe Starck is a designer and architect who has worked in a wide range of fields from interior design to home objects, from designing boats to watches. Starck was influenced by his father who was an aircraft engineer in most of his works.
Having studied at École Nissim de Camondo in Paris, the designer founded his first company in 1968 and designed inflatable products. Regarding design as a total concept, Starck gained fame after he designed the interiors of famous nightclubs La Main Bleue and Les BainsDouches in Paris in 1976 and 1978.
Also working as an architect, the designer has participated in many projects in Japan. Among his highlight works are the Asahi Beer Hall (1990) and the Unhex Nani-Nani office building (1989) in Tokyo. The designer received the Excellence in Design Award from Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1997.