Ludovica and Roverto Palomba’s Grand Plié, Plié, and Piaffé for Driade

One of a house’s greatest duties is to keep out the weather. But today, architectural seepage is being invited in lots of different ways—mostly in the rise of the indoor-outdoor space. Combining elements that belong inside with others that belong outside makes for some interesting juxtapositions. So we find an entire living room as a set piece inside the shallow end of a hotel pool or an expanse of sod within a dining room, reenacting a plein air picnic. Given these transgressive crossovers, a renaissance of indoor/outdoor furniture makes perfect sense.

Grand Plié sofa, Plié armchair, and Piaffé table. Designed by Ludovica and Roverto Palomba for Driade.

Ludovica and Roberto Palomba have answered the call with their all-weather collection for Driade. Like the ballet pose, the Grand Plié sofa revels in motion and fluidity. In fact, the designers refer to the large piece (W 242 cm x D 145 cm x H 82 cm - Seat H 40 cm), which seats four people comfortably, as an “embrace.” Constructed of polyethylene, the indoor/outdoor suite for Driade takes all of its names from dance—dressage, to be precise, which is the dancing realm of beautiful horses enacting elegant steps. Besides the centerpiece sofa, Ludovica and Roberto Palomba offer Plié chairs and Piaffé tables.

Ludovica and Roverto Palomba's Grand Plié, Plié, and Piaffé for Driade

Ludovica and Roverto Palomba's Grand Plié, Plié, and Piaffé for Driade

Ludovica and Roverto Palomba's Grand Plié, Plié, and Piaffé for Driade

If the Grand Plié sofa invites conversation, the Plié chair acts as a private sanctuary, its high walls enveloping you in privacy so you can concentrate on daydreaming. The low Piaffé table balances the two seating pieces. Like the piaffé move in dressage, wherein the horse trots in place in rhythmic cadence, the table seems to be stationary and moving simultaneously—thanks to its molten curves. The furniture for Driade is available in white, grey, and blue.

Via Made in Design.

Posted July 23, 2010 by Alicita Rodriguez

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