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comfort and style

The Papillon Lounge has been created in response to a client brief for a set of lounges for a modernist house in Canberra, and it has been created in close collaboration with the client of the project, Randev Mendis. The brief was for modern leather lounge with echoes of some of the great modern furniture designs of the previous century. 

The vision for the lounge was for an open frame and segmented seat and back lending the design lightness and articulation, as alluded by the naming.


The shell-and-cushion structure of the seat and backrest is reminiscent of the Eames lounge chair, transformed into a less technical form by reducing the shell shapes to their essential functional form and replacing structural metal parts with timber ribs. The cushions are significantly firmed up, providing a more plump and wrinkle free surface, albeit with the salient two large buttons per cushion.

The seat features an unusually strong gradient for a lounge, inviting the sitter into a deep and relaxing seating positing. The looped armrests and open frame in solid timber, in a midcentury Scandinavian style, are again a less technical alternative to a metal base, make this design approachable both visually and tactile. 


The Papillon lounge is available in a two and a three seater configuration. Each seat cushion is 80cm wide, providing space and comfort. 

A single seater lounge chair version is anticipated. 

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