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Ateliers J&J at Maison&Objet

Ateliers J&J is showing its outdoor and lounge chairs at Maison&Objet for the first time, as part of Belgium Is Design.

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Text by Debbie Loots

A selection of playful yet sturdy furniture by the Belgium design and manufacturing studio Ateliers J&J is now on show at two exhibitions in Paris.

Their already popular Jardin collection, comprising outdoor furniture for homes and hotels, will be the focus at Maison&Objet until January 24. This is Ateliers J&J’s first show at Maison&Objet and forms part of Belgium is Design (WBDM), an initiative that promotes Belgium design internationally. Products, including chairs and shelves from their Jardin / Neolitika, Gamme 01 and Gamme 02 ranges also feature at the No Season showroom in central Paris until the end of February.

Initiated in 2012 by two self-taught craftsmen – Jean Angelats and Jonathan Renou – Ateliers J&J designs and produces furniture that is beautiful, strong and affordable. “We try first to solve problems before thinking of personal aesthetics. Furniture is and has to be dismantle-able and light,” says Angelats.

Resembling the colourful swings and climbing apparatus found on a playground, their robust tubular steel and wood furniture are all designed and made in the duo’s Brussels workshop using only locally-sourced raw materials.

Chair Bahamas from Gamme 02. Bent and welded tubular steel. Oak veneered wood panel. Designer Guild Fabric.
Chair Bahamas from Gamme 02. Bent and welded tubular steel. Oak veneered wood panel. Designer Guild Fabric.
Armchair 01 from Gamme 01. Bent and welded tubular steel. Folded steel sheet. Oak veneered wood panel. Fabric Designers Guild.
Armchair 01 from Gamme 01. Bent and welded tubular steel. Folded steel sheet. Oak veneered wood panel. Fabric Designers Guild.
Chair V from Gamme Evolution. Bent and welded tubular steel. Designers Guild's Christian Lacroix Fabric.
Chair V from Gamme Evolution. Bent and welded tubular steel. Designers Guild's Christian Lacroix Fabric.
Chair 04 from Gamme 02. Bent and welded tubular steel. Oak or ash veneered wood panel
Chair 04 from Gamme 02. Bent and welded tubular steel. Oak or ash veneered wood panel
Chair Jardin from Gamme Cérbère.
Chair Jardin from Gamme Cérbère.
Chair 01 from Gamme Evolution with Kvadrat textile.
Chair 01 from Gamme Evolution with Kvadrat textile.
Sofa 01 from Gamme 02. Bent and welded tubular steel. Oak veneered wood panel. Tissu Kvadrat.
Sofa 01 from Gamme 02. Bent and welded tubular steel. Oak veneered wood panel. Tissu Kvadrat.
Shelf from Gamme 01. Bent and welded tubular steel. Oak veneered wood panel.
Shelf from Gamme 01. Bent and welded tubular steel. Oak veneered wood panel.
Shelf Rack 01 from Gamme 01. Bent and welded tubular steel. Folded steel sheet. Solid ash or oak.
Shelf Rack 01 from Gamme 01. Bent and welded tubular steel. Folded steel sheet. Solid ash or oak.
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