Jean-Marie Massaud conceives the Clayton sofa as a sophisticated haute couture creation, sumptuous and at the same time radically modern, architectural and enveloping just like a high fashion dress. Luxurious stitches befitting of the finest tailoring run along the entire external surface of the backrest and armrests, upholstered in Pelle Frau® leather. The effect is one of stylish three-dimensionality. The cushions of the Clayton sofa seat are embellished with delicate X-shaped hand-stitching using contrasting thread. The springs of the seat are supported and upheld by a structure of handwoven saddle-leather belts. The architecture of the sofa is clear and light. The seat sits on steel blade feet with Ruthenium finish. The version of the Clayton that combines leather with fabric or velvet cushion covers is particularly rich in sensory emotions. The backrest and armrest panels, made from steel with light polyurethane foam padding, are joined by visible metal hinges with Ruthenium finish. Goose down for the soft padding of the armrest and backrest cushions. The Clayton sofa comes in the version completely upholstered in Pelle Frau® leather or in Pelle Frau® leather combined with the wide range of Poltrona Frau fabrics.
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.