The human body has hardly changed in 200,000 years, the Jerusalem-born, Paris-based designer Raphael Navot mused. Yet the design world is constantly looking for new methods of expression. Determined to get back to basics, Navot—the man behind the IRL version of filmmaker David Lynch’s Silencio nightclub—crafted Nativ, a furnishings collection for Roche Bobois that posits organic shapes as a universal and embodied language. To wit: Identities, a family of five upholstered chairs with dome backs, and Fusion, a hand-knotted rug in a natural wool blend that depicts overlapping shadows. Molded of polyurethane with a stonelike finish, Primordial “is reminiscent of a tribal artefact,” he explains—“like a bookshelf built from clay and dirt thousands of years ago.”
Raphael Navot Echoes Organic Shapes in Nativ Collection for Roche Bobois
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