Designer Jean-Marie Massaud plays with the volumes of his classic GranTorino and creates a unique, original and irreverent sofa. In fact, the GranTorino HB sofa rejigs its proportions to become an authentic refuge and shelter from the outside thanks to the high backrest in leather and the fine processed saddle-leather that defines its shape. The seat structure is in tubular metal with woven elastic belts. The backrests and armrests are made from birch plywood. The external padding of the backrests and sides is in polyurethane foam and polyester wadding while the inner layer is in polyester wadding, covered with soft fabric quilting with “X” stitching produced by hand using contrasting thread. The seat cushion is in goose down and polyester wadding with stabilising polyurethane foam insert. To enrich the backrest, every GranTorino HB sofa and armchair has a precise number of loose goose down cushions. The upholstery combines leather or saddle-leather with fabric: Saddle, Saddle Extra or Pelle Frau® leather for the vertical panels of the backrest and sides and removable fabric for the base, cushions and quilting. The saddle-leather version is enriched with relief stitching and the hide with clean cut edge is finished by hand. The complementary side table has a painted steel base, coloured titanium or gunmetal grey, and a top in Canaletto Walnut or covered in Pelle Frau® leather or saddle-leather.
Born in Toulouse in 1966, Jean-Marie Massaud graduated in 1990 from Les Ateliers, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle, Paris. He began to work both in Asia and in France, finally opening his own office in Paris in 1994. Since than, he has dedicated himself to industrial and furniture design, building important relationships with brands such as Authentics, Baccarat and Magis.
His collaboration with Marc Berthier and his work in the field of town planning led him towards design and architecture. He is concerned with design in various contexts, industrial products and furniture. His contextual approach centres on research into the essential, within which the individual remains the centre of attention. It is a work upheld by research into the senses, magic, and vital emotion which brings him to work with very different brands: Cassina, Poltrona Frau, Cappellini, Cacharel, Lancôme, Tronconi and Yamaha offshore. His works have been awarded several prizes and many of his designs are nowadays on show in the design collections of the major museums worldwide: from Amsterdam, Chicago, London, Paris and Zurich: from the permanent collection of the Musée National d'Art Moderne de Paris to the permanent collections of the Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich, of The Chicago Athenaeum- Museum of Architecture and Design, of The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and of The Musée des arts Décoratifs, Paris.