DH404,000

… is the price of this daybed, which will be in­stalled at Down­town De­sign in Dubai. Here’s what makes it so invit­ing

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Le Refuge is the first piece of fur­ni­ture cre­ated by Franco-Ital­ian artist Marc Ange. The for­mer lux­ury car de­signer, who works be­tween Paris and Los An­ge­les, has a re­fined aes­thetic that bridges the gap be­tween art and de­sign.

Orig­i­nally crafted from pink teak­wood, per­fo­rated steel, Sun­brella fab­ric and a foam-based cush­ion, the bed is shaped to re­sem­ble a jun­gle-like oa­sis, shaded by a canopy of palm leaves.

Ange has said that he hopes Le Refuge evokes “the pro­jec­tion of a child­hood mem­ory away from re­al­ity, just like those of the imag­i­nary jun­gle that grows in the room of a child who seeks es­cape”. The daybeds have since been ren­dered in var­i­ous shades, and us­ing ma­te­ri­als such as mar­ble, black, yel­low and blue teak, and brass and vel­vet. Each bed is 290 cen­time­tres tall, 270cm wide and 300cm long.

The pas­tel pink cre­ation was named the most In­sta­grammed piece at Mi­lan De­sign Week in 2017. Since then, it has been spot­ted at the Bev­erly Hills Ho­tel in Los An­ge­les and Mi­ami Art Basel. A new it­er­a­tion (pic­tured) will be on dis­play dur­ing Dubai De­sign Week, on the ter­race of the Down­town De­sign fair, from Novem­ber 13 to 16. Ange cre­ates Le Refuge un­der his fur­ni­ture brand LJ Edi­tion, which he launched soon af­ter mov­ing to Cal­i­for­nia last year. The de­signer also runs the Bloom Room stu­dio, which has cre­ated prod­ucts and set-ups for lux­ury brands such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Prada, Louis Vuit­ton, Fer­rari, Peu­geot, Moët & Chan­don, Citroën, Paco Ra­banne and Ori­ent Ex­press. Some of Ange’s other sought-af­ter fur­ni­ture pieces in­clude Le Refuge floor lamps in wood or mar­ble, Les Araignées arm­chairs and Le Roi lounge chairs, which are shaped to re­sem­ble a gi­gan­tic teddy bear.

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