Sé is pioneering a distinct working practise. We create editions with like-minded designers – so far, we have commissioned collections from Damien Langlois-Meurine, Jaime Hayon, Nika Zupanc and Ini Archibong with others in the pipeline.
To bring these designers' work to fruition, we use an exclusive register of long-established manufacturers across Europe. Our research has uncovered the best and most exacting manufacturers and fabricators out there: often old family companies who rely upon crafts-based methods to achieve the finest standards. Using their undoubted expertise, our producers can test Sé ideas and designs on solid ground. Like them, we expect our work to last, and to be stylistically as well as materially durable.
We are obviously delighted to help maintain these skills for future generations, but it’s important to mention that Sé doesn't take a museum approach. Sé simply believes that these materials and methods are the best way to achieve the quality for which we are renowned, and we work with our suppliers to achieve innovative ends by traditional means.
By using European manufacturers, we are also able to bring a high level of scrutiny to our processes. We experiment with perfect materials and finishes: indeed, a strong Sé principle is that every aspect of each piece is as good as the rest. Look beneath one of our tables or chairs, by any of our designers - normally invisible - and you'll see what we mean. Whether it's upholstery webbing or lacquering, the core of a Sé piece will always be as solid and finished as its surface. We always consider the whole piece in its entirety.
Sé has a fascination for materials, and we're constantly building our repertoire. With our first collection we revived the use of bronze; in our second we used French Walnut, a wood widely used in the days of Art Deco; in our third collection, polished brass and glass while in Collection IV, the use of marble and hand-blown glass has created exquisite material dialogues.
Our colours are always being developed and each collection creates a singular palette: sometimes dark and metallic, other times airier pastels. In each case, material and colour are combined to the best effect, adhering to the discipline of each design while offering clients a choice.
It all adds up to an ethos of care, one that gets the best from our designers and makers, and which we like to think creates a sense of completeness and joy. Moreover, it means that we can pass true quality on to our clients – and ensures that our work will be as fresh in 100 years time as it is now.