Philippe Nigro designs a new collection for Ligne Roset

Bringing modern meaning to conversation seating, the Hémicycle collection is the latest design by Philippe Nigro for Ligne Roset, in collaboration with Moblier Nationale.

Hémicycle — a French word meaning ‘semi-circle’ — was given its name for the shape of the armchair. That same shape is mirrored and echoed in the S-shaped conversation chair and 2-seater styles.

Launching now, Hémicycle brings together a passion for research and a respect for tradition. Inspired by historic French seating, Nigro took particular interest in resurrecting a ‘forgotten’ piece in contemporary furniture: the tête-à-tête, symbolic of the Second Empire.

Design inspiration and original sketch from Philippe Nigro.

Directly translating to ‘head-to-head’ this piece of furniture is meant for private conversations, where two can communicate with eye contact and without turning their heads.

Beneath its non-conformist demeanor, it offers the characteristics of comfort, conviviality and elegance. The common trait seen throughout the collection is its compactness, which allows it to respond to the constraints of smaller spaces, while still making an impact on the overall design aesthetic and use of a room.