Featured workDominique Pétot: Méridienne

The Méridienne was developed together with Senegalese craftspeople over the course of many years.

The Senegalese designer Dominique Pétot is now well known for his bold seating designs, with generous shapes inspired by natural structures from the world of flora and fauna. With the Méridienne, Pétot created an original and modern piece with a cover that has been skillfully made by hand, forming a link with traditional Senegalese weaving techniques and thus developing this tradition further. He has also created an armchair belonging to the same series. While the structure is made of stainless steel, the cover comprises differently coloured nylon strings, giving the chair a sense of depth and conveying the impression that the chair back is being filled with wind, like a sail. Pétot says that the design was inspired by both a bird in flight and by a blossoming bud. There are also subtle references to the solidness of British colonial furniture. In 2009, Méridienne was incorporated into the M’afrique collection of the Italian furniture design company, Moroso.

  • Coated steel, handwoven nylon thread, 72 × 160 × 110 cm © Dominique Pétot

    Dominique Pétot. Méridienne, 2004
  • Coated steel, handwoven nylon thread, 72 × 160 × 110 cm © Dominique Pétot

    Dominique Pétot. Méridienne, 2004