Two Seats Are Better Than One

Designer Thom Fougere plays with scale and typology to create playful furniture.

When he was still in architecture school, Thom Fougere found himself drawn "to a human scale—chairs and cups instead of rooms and buildings," he says. With his focus turned toward furniture and accessories, he served as creative director of Winnipeg-based brand EQ3 at the age of 24 before launching his own studio in fall 2015. Nonetheless, Fougere retains an architect’s interest in the body and "how people approach an object," he explains, "and what they might not know they need." That spatial awareness plays out in his Saddle Chair, part of a collection he showed at the 2016 Stockholm Furniture Fair. Its square seat is joined to two backs, which touch at a 90-degree angle; the user can sit upright, or turn sideways and recline with their legs on an attached footrest. Combining two chairs in one, and it was conceived "to bring something new to the world that’s functional but poetic and honest." 

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Alex Bozikovic
Alex Bozikovic is a Toronto based writer and editor for the Globe and Mail and frequent Dwell contributor.


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