June 24, 2016

French Design Store Sentou Revives Roger Tallon-Designed Cryptogamme Stool

Though little known in the U.S., Roger Tallon was one of the most prominent postwar French designers. He created the high-speed TGV railroad car, an iconic television set for Téléavia, and the Lipp series of watches, among many other accomplishments. In 1969 Tallon was commissioned to envision the interior of a restaurant in Paris’s Grand Palais, for which he designed the lithe and lively Cryptogamme stool. Although the café itself was never realized, the stool had been produced in a limited run. Now it gets a revival courtesy of Sentou, a pioneering French design store that opened in 1947 and that doubles as a wholesale producer of furniture and accessories. The polyester-lacquered resin base is available in white or gray, while the wool cushion comes in eight colors. Cryptogamme stands 20 inches high and measures 16 across.

Photography courtesy of Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs. 

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