“I call it lovers’ spaceship,” says designer Sacha Lakic, referring to one of his latest creations, a streamlined, if not spacecraft-like, three-seat sofa. The Meridienne, as the sofa officially is dubbed, and various chairs, tables, and vertical storage units compose the 42-year-old Frenchman’s Speed Up collection, which the Paris furniture company Roche-Bobois debuted at its stores worldwide last December. The pieces show Lakic’s flair for the aerodynamic—a talent he initially demonstrated not in room decor but in automotive vehicles.
When Lakic was 8 years old, he was walking down a Paris street on his way to school and saw a 1968 Mustang GT 390 fastback in Highland Green, which compelled him to start drawing cars. At 17, he apprenticed with the French automaker Peugeot. A year later he was employed by design luminary Alain Carré’s eponymous firm, creating futuristic-looking motorcycles for Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha. Six years as the head of motorcycle development at MBK Industrie followed before Lakic, in 1994, established Sacha Lakic Design, broadening the scope of his work to include watches, cars, and furniture. His first-ever piece for Roche-Bobois, called the Onda, a bed with a wavelike base, won the Premio Design Italiano prize at the Casaidea Furniture Exhibition in Rome in 1996.
A decade later, the relationship between Lakic and Roche-Bobois has accelerated, as evidenced by Speed Up, the designer’s line of sleek, sweeping, cantilevered forms made of steel, glass and carbon-fiber composites, and Daquacryl, an acrylic lacquer. Lakic’s predilection for adding dynamism to static objects shows in his console and cocktail tables, which he calls “functional sculpture,” and his low, rectangular buffet, which he says resembles “a wave sculpted on the front panel’s sliding doors.” The pieces are full of curves that make the objects appear almost motile. These and other items, including a computer desk and a dining table with a black-lacquered-glass top, are available in 25 colors at prices ranging from $4,000 to $8,000.
The designer describes his work as a union of minimalism and idiosyncratic character that begets personality, the quality, he says, that prevents a sofa, a console table, or a car from being quotidian. “Whatever I design,” Lakic says, “I always focus on one important thing: how to give a soul to the product.”