Back in 2009, when French designer Philippe Nigro created his Confluences sofa for the French heritage brand Ligne Roset, conventionality took a back seat. Composed of overlapping cushion forms that connect like puzzle pieces, the sofas are intended to be modular, functional, and showstopping (they’re now in the permanent collections of Paris’s Musée des arts décoratifs and Centre national des arts plastiques). Their pieces can be connected in monochromatic arrangements or swapped and shuffled to multicolored effect.
Because of their atypical appearance, the intersecting sofas have been one of Ligne Roset’s most trailblazing products of the past decade. “My work as a designer is inspired by this desire to propose new concepts and shapes. [I’m] trying to do something new in the world of furniture today,” says Nigro, who has worked with celebrated Italian designer Michele De Lucchi and, since 2005, has been supported by the organization Valorisation de l’innovation dans l’ameublement (VIA), which elevates up-and-coming French designers through professional connections and training.
To celebrate Nigro’s 10-year relationship with Ligne Roset, Confluences is getting a makeover. Debuting in October, the revamped version, Confluences 2, maintains the original’s interlocking cushion design but provides added comfort. The new sofa’s base sits on a black stained-oak platform, raising the seat height. The seats are reinforced with both memory foam and coil springs, providing more support than the original sofa.
Along with Confluences 2, Nigro is releasing another Ligne Roset seating line, this one inspired by Jules Verne’s 19th-century classic Around the World in 80 Days. Named for the tale’s protagonist, Phileas Fogg, the Phileas collection is a throwback to the luxurious heydays of upper-class travel. With vertically quilted upholstery (available in leather, velvet, microfiber, and wool, among other fabrics), its sofas and chairs recall both banquettes on the Orient Express and 1950s automobile seating. Whether it’s a futuristically structured sofa or a nostalgic take on modern seating, Nigro’s pieces aren’t just living room staples—they’re time machines.