Traveling with Ligne Roset
Traveling obviously requires movement and, whether it’s a pleasure or business trip, any journey involves getting out of our comfort zone, this often makes us think about the arrival at our hotel and if it will meet the expectations we have.
For many years hotels were mere places of transit, but the involvement of architects, designers, and decorators make hotels nowadays a true synonym of design and confort and in many cases take us to to live in them for a while.
If there is one firm that has demonstrated to be visionary and has become emblematic for the development of hotel interiors, it is Ligne Roset.
From the commission of Sofitel of Chicago in Water Tower, to Pierre-Yves Rochon in 1980, and in need of a French manufacturer for the project, Ligne Roset decides to adapt to this new sector. The contract translates into the birth in this case, of a perfect style between rigor and method, which impeccably develops the headboards of 350 beds in just four months.
Sofitel in collaboration with Didier Gomez is part of the beginning, continued by the Meridian Hotels projects, and finally the Ibis chain, where the entire contract division is deployed to shape, with the same reliability and rigor in its designs, the development of 15,000 rooms in three years.
But the beginning of Jean Roset goes all the way back to 1954, in its factories in Bugey with the rehabilitation of public facilities and building cabinets under the order of the designer Jean Prouvé that were used in university residences, offices, restaurants, and nursing homes.
But Jean Roset –who directed this unit spectacularly– also diverted his attention to the manufacture of domestic furniture in 1973 together with the designer Michel Ducaroy. This genius collaboration concieved the most revolutionary sofa at the time and that remains an icon nowadays: The couch TOGO.
That is the moment in which this visionary entrepreneur along with his sons, Pierre and Michel, developes the growth of the Ligne Roset network of stores around the world, which currently covers more than 70 countries
The intelligence of the Brand is also closely linked to alliances with external designers, and the loyalty of talented interior designers such as Jean-Philippe Nuel. The armchair for the Hôtel Molitor-Paris, the chairs of the Intercontinental Hôtel Dieu in Marseille or the Duomo armchairs and couches for the Hôtel-Dieu in Lyon -located in a wonderful historical building- are part of the many successes that the prestigious French company.
Currently, Ligne Roset is designing and executing the cabins of the Chantiers de L’Atlantique project and the Royal Caribbean.
The firm is also part of the project of four other ships of Compagnie du Ponant owned by the Pinault Group. Working alongside with Jean Philippe Nuel in charge of designing floating luxury hotels, in which there is a future icebreaker. “The restaurant chairs are already on the deck on the way to the North Pole,” the firm says.