British heritage brand George Smith has launched a collection of furniture with Parisian interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot. The collection, comprised of nine sofas and armchairs, has all the glamorous, heart-pounding anticipation of Fashion Week. The eternal steward of the chesterfield George Smith and highly desirable AD100-lister Deniot represent an intriguing couple with a collaboration that seems to confirm that beauty attracts beauty.
Inspired by neoclassicism, the collection exudes feminine lines and elegant curves. Much like Deniot’s interiors, the pieces are highly detailed and skillfully finished featuring contrast piping, intricate tailoring and a wide array of finishes.
“I am particularly drawn to the level of detailed craftsmanship that George Smith dedicates to each piece of furniture,” said Deniot. “With that in mind, I wanted to design pieces that were so beautiful that they could stand alone in a room.”
The Heather sofa is an example of this singularity, with its curved back and sides. Designed to be centered in the middle of a room, the piece is curvy enough to give the impression of comfort, with lines also sharp enough to give a great sense of structure.
The Virginie sofa challenged the British upholsterer, which worked with Deniot to devise an innovative way to build a modular sofa that has the elegance of a single piece. The company used commercial-grade magnets to fix the individual sections together giving it the appearance of a beautiful three-seat sofa, but yet can be extended, or taken apart to create three single chairs.
“We’re very excited by Jean-Louis’ styles, as they are so different and unexpected from our existing collection,” said Ben Norris, CEO of George Smith. “It highlights George Smith’s capabilities for custom upholstery perfectly and we’re very happy to be offering a collection that is so versatile and unique. It feels very now.”
Montaine, an extension of the Virginie sofa, is a stately piece with a robust shape and sleek lines. The Jane sofa, designed as an occasional sofa to be situated in an entry hall or at the end of a bed, has a petite barrel shape and gracious Parisian style; and the Julien sofa boasts a low, handsome lounge feel.
Aurelie and Susannah chairs
The collection also includes four armchairs—Aurelie, a barrel shape with an open back; Susannah, a dining chair which can easily double as a side chair with its theatrical presence and spoon back; the Caroline chair, inspired by the Kilsmos neoclassical chair, with a more up-to-date upholstered back for added comfort; and Natalie, a stylish rounded back armchair with a classic silhouette.
Natalie and Carolina chair
"Jean-Louis has been an admirer of George Smith for many years and uses a broad range of custom upholstery in his interior design, so when he approached us about a collection, we knew we would get something that felt very international and extremely elegant,” added Norris. “The result is a beautiful collection, which is both detailed and refined."
Jean-Louis Deniot for George Smith is now available in all George Smith showrooms for custom order.