Spring looked as if it had just arrived on 12th June in Paris. The air was warm and the avenues full of people flowed slowly just like the waters of the nearby Seine river. After a pleasant tour of the city we walked into the Hotel Opéra at 6 p.m.; ain the elegant ceremonial hall there was a gigantic table covered with wines, aperitifs and all kinds of delicious foods that only people on the other side of the Alps know how to prepare.
We were already aware, of course, that our Confluence table was one of the finalists and, to be perfectly honest, in the afternoon our confidence in our merits had made us share the hopeful certainty that we would win the award. Nevertheless, I must say that when we saw the self-assured Parisian architects and all those journalists scribbling away in their notebooks our certainties gave way to a bit of anxiety. The idea that 22,000 French professionals in the field had just voted the furniture that best represented 2014 and that, in the table section, the majority of them had chosen our Confluence table was, at that precise moment in time, a possibility that we didn’t even dare to consider. Luckily we met Xavier Lust. a few minutes after we arrived. Although he was our table’s designer, he seemed to have no doubts of this kind at all. We decided to trust his point of view and, between a Roquefort cheese puff and a foie gras canapé, we started to discuss the last technical details in view of launching the product on the market.
The prizegiving ceremony started around 7 p.m. The speaker went straight to the point: the categories were announced one after the other and the various winners walked onto the stage, smiling into the flashing lights of the cameras. The table category arrived at last. The excitement took our breath away and the seconds started to tick away at an excruciatingly slow pace. To the extent that, when the winner was announced at last and everyone around us started to clap in our direction, we had the magnificent feeling of having just been woken up from a dream to face an even more amazing reality.
What a perfect day! As the saying goes, it really is true that… Paris est toujours Paris…
Aldo Pianca and Xavier Lust during the prizegiving ceremony for the Confluence table in Paris