Petit Chair

Petit, a dining chair in solid wood with an upholstered seat, was specially designed by Neri&Hu as part of their interior design for Papi restaurant, Paris. The compact proportions and understated form of chair were a response to the needs of the restaurant, nestled in the Grands Boulevards district of Paris’ 9th arrondissement. “Petit is a bespoke chair that was created for Papi restaurant in Paris, located in a typical late 19th century Haussmann building. Papi celebrates the layered material heritage that narrates Parisian history, while Petit occupies the smallest possible footprint playing a versatile character for this arena-like setting,” Neri&Hu. Papi, the second restaurant from restaurateur Etienne Ryckeboer, opened late 2020. De La Espada founder Luis De Oliveira notes how the chair communicates quiet elegance, strength and optimism during the difficult days of the pandemic: “After working for many years on what we could call complex chairs, like the Duet, Vivien, or even the revised Manta chair, we were intrigued by the idea of working on something much smaller, much lighter, that makes use of far less material and yet is comfortable and beautiful, where proportions and the scale of the components are what make the piece distinctive. When Lyndon and Rosanna came to us in the middle of the first lockdown here in London, to work on a chair for a small restaurant serving pizza and red wine, we simply couldn’t refuse. It was a beam of shining light, showing us that there was optimism in the world that lays ahead even in an industry that has been severely affected like hospitality. And we love pizza and red wine, so we can’t wait to visit Paris.”

Petit, a dining chair in solid wood with an upholstered seat, was specially designed by Neri&Hu as part of their interior design for Papi restaurant, Paris. The compact proportions and understated form of chair were a response to the needs of the restaurant, nestled in the Grands Boulevards district of Paris’ 9th arrondissement.

“Petit is a bespoke chair that was created for Papi restaurant in Paris, located in a typical late 19th century Haussmann building. Papi celebrates the layered material heritage that narrates Parisian history, while Petit occupies the smallest possible footprint playing a versatile character for this arena-like setting,” Neri&Hu.

Papi, the second restaurant from restaurateur Etienne Ryckeboer, opened late 2020. De La Espada founder Luis De Oliveira notes how the chair communicates quiet elegance, strength and optimism during the difficult days of the pandemic: “After working for many years on what we could call complex chairs, like the Duet, Vivien, or even the revised Manta chair, we were intrigued by the idea of working on something much smaller, much lighter, that makes use of far less material and yet is comfortable and beautiful, where proportions and the scale of the components are what make the piece distinctive. When Lyndon and Rosanna came to us in the middle of the first lockdown here in London, to work on a chair for a small restaurant serving pizza and red wine, we simply couldn’t refuse. It was a beam of shining light, showing us that there was optimism in the world that lays ahead even in an industry that has been severely affected like hospitality. And we love pizza and red wine, so we can’t wait to visit Paris.”

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