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Antoine Roset invites us to talk design in his Parisian apartment

'Design addict, passionate about creation, traveller and proud dad' (“Addict au design, passionné par la manufacture, voyageur et papa fier") is how Antoine Roset describes himself on his personal Instagram page. Marketing Director of the Roset Group, he handles the brand's image, created in 1860. In an environment where innovation, 'art de vivre' and elegance come together, Antoine Roset tells us about the creative soul of his company and the designers who inspire it. 

Hello Antoine! You work for the Ligne Roset furnishing company, which has a 160 year old reputation of quality... This taste for design, is it a family affair?

Hello! Design has been part of our culture from a very young age. But it is up to us to cultivate this foundation, by taking a sustained interest in everyday aspects of life. Design is a discipline that allows us to reinvent everyday products, to make them better, more beautiful... It is up to us to understand the needs and changes in everyday life so that we can improve a little more each day.

Ligne Roset has collaborated with many designers (including Jean Nouvel, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Pierre Charpin, Ana Moussinet...). Why is this important to you? Are you working with other designers at the moment?

A combination of talent allows us to develop the products that we find most interesting. Some designers are more well-known than others, but all of them have a passion to create innovative products, be it in their look, their functionality, their finish, their DNA... We are currently working with some remarkable designers, and it would take too long to mention them all, but here are a few examples: Ramy Fischler, Sebastian Herkner, Yabu Pushelberg or Keiji Takeuchi... 

Speaking of, which collaboration has been your favourite and why?

Most of the time, we have very good personal relations with the people we work with. Some of the most outstanding collaborations have been with Peter Maly, the Bouroullec brothers, Inga Sempé, Didier Gomez, Pascal Mourgue, Philippe Nigro, Éric Jourdan among dozens of others.

If you could choose any artist or designer to collaborate with, who would it be?

That's a difficult question, because I believe that the success of a collaboration comes above all from a human encounter! It's important to get to know and understand each other first. It is therefore complex to answer this question with a name!

What links can be established between art and design? And what art or design pieces are you most attached to at home?

Today, I find that design and art are extremely close. Both are linked to our interiors and are an expression of our taste and feelings. I have a particular attachment to the work Holy Daughters by Prune Nourry, an artist that my wife introduced me to and who was one of our first common loves when we lived in New York. I also have a great interest in lighting. In fact, I received a Tahiti lamp by Ettore Sottsass as a gift that I had always wanted to have. Are they functional objects or just for pleasure…?


Speaking of art, which artists are you particularly fond of?

Cy Twombly is an artist I admire a lot, especially his minimalist period. The elegance of his canvases and drawings, achieved through gestures filled with a certain simplicity, particularly appeal to me. 

What are your sources of inspiration in terms of interior design and ambiance?

More than a question of style, I would say that my taste in decoration comes from my education and the different stages of my life, always seen through a contemporary lens.

Finally, if you had to characterise the very DNA of Ligne Roset with a piece of furniture, which piece would you choose?

Our TOGO sofa is certainly one of the most representative pieces of our DNA: comfortable, non-conformist, durable, timeless... even if many other pieces match too!



Their favourite artworks

Cy Twombly, Sans titre, Bastian 38, Print

Cy Twombly

Sans titre, Bastian 38, 1973
11.4 x 8.3 inch
Print

$ 6,150

JR, Action dans la Favela Morro da providencia - Détail Arbre et Lune, Print

JR

Action dans la Favela Morro da providencia - Détail Arbre et Lune, 2008
27.6 x 40.6 inch
Print

Sold out

Willem de Kooning, Untitled, Painting

Willem de Kooning

Untitled, 1974
23 x 14 x 14 inch
Painting

$ 260,000

Yoshitomo Nara, Yoshitomo Nara, Drawing

Yoshitomo Nara

Yoshitomo Nara, 2001
9.8 x 8.7 x 0.1 inch
Drawing

Sold out

Vik Muniz, Five Rips, Photography

Vik Muniz

Five Rips, 2018
23.7 x 18.5 inch
Photography

$ 28,000

Sol LeWitt, Irregular Vertical Brushstrokes with Colors Superimposed, Painting

Sol LeWitt

Irregular Vertical Brushstrokes with Colors Superimposed, 1993
22.25 x 30 inch
Painting

$ 85,000

Our recommendations Ai Weiwei, Sculpture for The Public Art Fund, New York City, "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors" Project, Sculpture

Ai Weiwei

Sculpture for The Public Art Fund, New York City, "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors" Project, 2017
5 x 4 x 4 inch
Sculpture

$ 10,500

JR, 28 mm, Women are heroes, Action dans la favela Morro da Providencia, Favela de jour, Rio de Janeiro, Brésil, 2008, Print

JR

28 mm, Women are heroes, Action dans la favela Morro da Providencia, Favela de jour, Rio de Janeiro, Brésil, 2008, 2017
27.6 x 39.4 inch
Print

2,500 - $ 5,000

Sonia Delaunay, Ville de Paris, Print

Sonia Delaunay

Ville de Paris, 1971
74 x 59.1 x 0.8 inch
Print

$ 36,286