Published on : Friday, June 9, 2017
Driade presents Torquemada, the latest collection designed by Philippe Starck that references torture devices used during the Spanish Inquisition. The collection is composed of a table, a chair, an armchair and a stool.
The chair, armchair and stool each feature a simple wooden frame with a curved back and splayed legs, with a distinctive set of moulded metal details that look like shackles. The mirror-polished stainless steel manacles connect the base to the back legs. This detail that is as structural as it is decorative and is ironically reminiscent of the imaginary of the distant inquisition.
The Torquemada table has a similarly restrained appearance that recalls the design of a torture rack. Underneath the table top, two rectangular mirror-polished steel supports slice the table’s legs like a guillotine.
Each piece is also available in a more precious version, in gouged oak, which highlights the authenticity of this handcrafted furniture.
The chairs and stool are available in oak and, as disclosed by Philippe, in the following colour options: white, yellow, grey and even pastel lavender and pink.