The latest collaboration between French designer Jean-Marie Massaud and Arper is a minimalist’s dream.
By Annette Maxon with Claire Butwinick
Photographed by Marco Covi
True simplicity often feels unattainable, but French designer Jean-Marie Massaud came pretty close when he created the Saul coffee table with the Italian furniture retailer Arper.
Marking the sixth collaboration between the two, the Saul adds to Arper’s growing catalogue of pared-down pieces, which include the refined Steeve sofa and sculptural Aston chairs.
“We have always been aligned when it comes to design,” says Massaud of the 14-year partnership. “For us, it has to be elegant, smart, simple, and timeless, with flavor.” Launched this November, the Saul perfectly reflects this sentiment: with black silk screened smoked glass or white marble-finish tops supported by slender aluminum legs, it transcends flash-in-the-pan trends. The piece is available in multiple sizes and shapes—from a small square side table to a large circular centerpiece—making it a chameleonic addition to any room or aesthetic.
“Saul speaks a simple, gentle language,” says Massaud. “Its quality finishes allow it to fit in many different situations.”