. . Frédéric Pellenq, architect, lives and works in Paris. Originally from South Eastern France, devoted to the alpine environment but equally fond of his grandparents’ Mediterranean homeland of Corsica, Frédéric Pellenq takes his inspiration from the nature, diversity and contrasts found in these surroundings. Passionate about wood work, it’s no coincidence that he chose this material, which he qualifies as “living that leaves room for roughness and allows time to leave its mark”. Frédéric Pellenq designs his furniture collections as if he were designing a home environment: as a whole, a coherent set in which his creations jointly coexist. . . His first collection, entitled “Lodge”, brings four components to life: a chair, a pedestal table, a coffee table and a bench, respectively named Josie, Donna, Audrey and Dale. This little family, which is already quite complete, will expand to make room for new members that will arrive in turn, bringing the group to life. . . Narrative, this furniture collection amazes us with the singular identity, which you could almost qualify as Cubist, that each piece establishes by fitting in coherently with the other pieces. All of the pieces are composed of geometric shapes from straight lines, circles, and semi-circles to triangles. They are all completely contrasted by sections with a much more organic look. This contrast, from the huge oak tree crafted, cut and sharpened and the branches of a hazel tree left almost as they were, irregular and contorted, gives Frédéric Pellenq’s work its depth. . . . The perception of these pieces is constantly changing. Sometimes left natural and warm and sometimes blackened by fire, the wood used in this furniture, a unique material, offers a certain ambivalence. Depending on the viewpoint angle, Josie, Donna, Audrey or Dale will never show you the same profile: slim and rectangular, plump and arched. Mirò, Picasso, Matisse, Malevitch, de Lucchi, Mendini, Sottsas… The visual references are numerous but the identity of the “Lodge” collection is unique: vibrant and versatile, concise and elegant. [A huge thank you to Nicolas Huynh for his beautiful photographs of the “Lodge” collection] . .