Babled is a unique collaboration between the French designer Emmanuel Babled and Offecct. The iconic swivel/easy chair that was first made as a work of art has now evolved into furniture in Offecct Lab. It had world premiere at Salone del Mobile Milano 2018.
Emmanuel Babled’s voluminous and sculptural swivel/easy chair Babled was originally created as a piece of art in marble. Offecct’s Design Manager Anders Englund saw the object in Milan last year and wanted to investigate what would happen if it were transformed into dressed furniture.
– Our design is exploratory, creative and playful. The way we work has many similarities to the artistic process, so it’s natural for us to bring art and furniture together and at the same time challenge the boundaries between the two,” he says.
A dynamic forum for experiments The collaboration between Emmanuel Babled and Offecct has taken place in Offecct Lab, a dynamic forum where Offecct invites different partners to experiment and test new solutions, materials and ideas. Sometimes the products become part of the standard range, and sometimes they remain important stages of knowledge and development. The work is closely linked to Offecct’s Lifecircle philosophy by constantly challenging and exploring boundaries.
Emmanuel Babled says he was inspired to create Babled when he saw a big butterfly with its wings open. The organic shape makes the easy chair look like different furniture from different angles, both heavy and light in expression standing on a distinct foundation.
– When I started designing it, I also thought of famous Scandinavian furniture from the 1960s shaped like big shells and with rounded and soft shapes. The mission was to make the chair feel welcoming and to inspire people to let their bodies sit or lie in relaxed, comfortable positions,” he says.
About Emmanuel Babled Emmanuel Babled was born in France in 1967 and graduated in industrial design from the European Institute of Design in Milan. He started as a designer in Paris and moved to Milan in 1992. There he founded his own studio where he worked for 18 years, followed by five years in Amsterdam, before settling in Lisbon in early 2016.He has been a guest lecturer and developed workshops at Domus Academy in Milan and the Design Academy of Eindhoven.
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About Offecct Offecct AB is a Swedish entrepreneur-led company with its headquarters and production in Tibro, Sweden. The company was founded in 1990 by Kurt Tingdal (CEO) and Anders Englund (Design Manager). They are both still actively involved in the company. The Group has 75 employees and a target for 2018 of SEK 188 million. 50% of all sales comprise exports to more than 50 countries. Our business is run in our own production which have a total area of around 20,000 m2. The company has showrooms in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Tibro (Sweden), Oslo (Norway), Copenhagen (Denmark), Milan (Italy), London (UK), Rotterdam (NL). Offecct is, since May 2017, a part of the Flokk Group, an international group focusing on design and development of furniture for working places.