A terrace featuring the Christopher Pillet designed Pine Beach range for Serralunga

A terrace featuring the Christopher Pillet designed Pine Beach range for Serralunga

Creating desire is Christophe Pillet's raison d’être. Heidi Dokulil considers Pine Beach, his desirable new outdoor furniture series for Italian manufacturer Serralunga, and the French designer's illustrious career.  

Paris-based French designer Christophe Pillet has what great designers have, the ability to immortalise objects. It’s a gift that turns ‘need' into something much deeper – what Pillet describes as his challenge to create ‘desire’.

Designer Christophe Pillet

Designer Christophe Pillet

For designers like Pillet, it’s the nuance of furniture design that provides the foundation for experimentation. Furniture allows designers to apply ideas to our changing family and social structures, and to explore traditional making processes using the latest technologies in collaboration with manufacturers.  

One of Pillet’s latest collections released at the Milan Furniture Fair in 2016 is the Pine Beach series for Serralunga. One of the Italian furniture industries young innovators, Serralunga has created a new language for outdoor furniture in association with some of the worlds best designers.

The refined and pared-back forms of Pillet's Pine Beach are created using the group’s pioneering polyethylene rotational moulding technique. The collection was inspired by the line of the seashore, and the soft, rounded shapes of a sandy beach.

The Serralunga Pine Beach collection includes an outdoor sofa and armchair.

The Serralunga Pine Beach collection includes an outdoor sofa and armchair.

The Pine Beach collection is available with inner lighting.

The Pine Beach collection is available with inner lighting.

The robust yet softly organic sofa and small armchairs are designed for indoors and out and have the special Pillet touch, an interior light that gives the collection its alluring, ephemeral glow at night.

We are not buying products because we need products. My problem as a designer is how I can introduce desire into a product.
— Christophe Pillet

Christophe Pillet’s early career was spent with Philippe Starck, the grand master of shaping desire. Like Starck, Pillet comes from a generation of designers – including Patricia Urquiola, Piero Lissoni and Marcel Wanders – whose approach to their craft is broad and holistic.

The Porro Jade armchair and Shahan low table, both by Christophe Pillet, within the Hotel Sezz Saint Tropez. The hotel's interior design was undertaken by Pillet. Photo: Manuel Zublena

The Porro Jade armchair and Shahan low table, both by Christophe Pillet, within the Hotel Sezz Saint Tropez. The hotel's interior design was undertaken by Pillet. Photo: Manuel Zublena

His ideas shape new hotels, brands, interiors, furniture and products for household names including Lacoste, Shu Uemura, Serralunga, Zanotta, Porro, the Hotel Sahrai in Fez, Morocco, and the Hotel Sezz in Paris and Saint-Tropez.

Browse Christophe Pillet's designs on the Space Furniture website.


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