Dusting off his garden furniture that had been stored over winter, the idea for a long chair that was at once beautiful, practical and comfortable came to Stéphane Leathead. A few sketches later, and the Exocet was born. Not bad for a graphic artist who had never designed a piece of furniture in his life! Finding his inspiration in nature—more specifically from the Exocoetidae family of flying fish that inspired the chair’s name—Stéphane wanted to create an aesthetically pleasing chair, which would mould to the lines of a human body and provide multiple functions of sitting and lying. Ingeniously simple, it is made from 21 parallel slats of Baltic birch plywood that rotate around an anodized aluminum cylinder. It allows one or two people to recline or sit, according to the mood. Each chair is hand made in Quebec, as one of a limited edition, and is available in various veneers, including white oak, cherry, walnut, maple and Mozambique. The design is patent pending, but this sculptural piece of furniture has already attracted the attention of art galleries and high-end furniture distributors. After winning awards in Canada, Italy and Korea, the Exocet also received raves from our jury, who remarked on its elegant geometry, original shape, versatility, imaginative design and exquisite use of materials.