Saintluc Linen Design, armchair Coach - design Marie Massuad   (courtesy Saintluc)

| Designbest editorial staff

“I

come from the world of composite materials. I know their proprieties and potentialities in depth” Frédéric Morald starts off with while introducing his sustainability-focused designer furniture brand Saintluc.

The day’s business concerns their new collection made with an eco-sustainable composite material: true innovation obtained entirely from linen fiber. There is no more furniture covered in natural fabrics, but real and true linen structures that mold elegant and versatile armchairs, chairs and coffee tables. With experimentation, technology and craftsmanship in their DNA, what stands out at first sight is their bold personality and timeless contemporary style.

There is the soft and enveloping shell-like structure of the Coach armchair designed by Marie Massuad; the Hamac chair by Jean Philippe Nuel offering pure technological innovation with a light body that seems to rest like fabric on the wooden legs; there is the Duales coffee table with its overlapping linen and solid oak trays; and then there is Field chair, an homage to nature with its linen body evoking agricultural landscapes and plowed fields.

Environmental consciousness is what especially pushes the brand’s philosophy and production forward. If Morald gained technical experience in the automotive and aeronautic world, it is in the design world where he was able to go beyond standard industrial limits and freely experiment with the concept of sustainability applied to form and function.

“By replacing fiberglass and carbon fiber with linen fibers, I have created a new natural process, which I like to describe as a 'union' between the soul and DNA of Saintluc”, explained the head of the brand. “A precious alliance between strength, resistance and elegance.”

Three years of research were necessary in order to control the production of the linen fiber to perfection and to obtain a light, high-performing, recyclable and renewable composite material. In the end this material showed itself to be the perfect natural solution for substituting glass fiber as it has similar mechanical characteristics but is two times lighter. It requires just a tenth of the amount of energy necessary to create glass fiber and can freely be shaped to perfectly represent Saintluc’s style—for a refined and comfortable home dedicated to sustainability.

 

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