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Designer Marc Ange’s undisputed hit from Milan Design Week lands in Los Angeles.

L.A.-based designer Marc Ange’s Le Refuge daybed, seen here in a new brass finish, $178,400, was reported to be the most Instagrammed piece from Milan Design Week. 


“The idea of Le Refuge came naturally after I arrived in Los Angeles, where I live now,” says Italian-born, Paris-bred designer Marc Ange. “The moment of peace that I found under the shade of a palm tree reminded me of those that I would create when I first arrived in France as a child, protected by an imaginary jungle that would come into what was, at the time, a lonely kid’s room.” The whimsical daybed caused a stir at Salone del Mobile, where an all-pink version of the installation was a bona fide social media success. “I think [the popularity] is due to the reassuring and benevolent aspect of the piece, which is able to awaken images of childhood entrenched in our collective unconscious,” notes Ange. Now, West Coasters can rejoice in welcoming Le Refuge to Los Angeles. It arrived at The Beverly Hills Hotel in late summer, where it stayed for two weeks, and is now displayed at Leclaireur, where customers can order the piece in fresh new finishes, including stunning gold and pale yellow options. Says Ange, “We are offering the possibility to modify colors and materials that allow the piece to be versatile and to find its place in very different universes.” As for a follow-up to the megahit, Ange plans to unveil something new during Art Basel in Miami this December. But when pressed for details, his description was shrouded in mystery. “The only thing I can say is that nothing can exist without its opposite, and that Le Refuge must have its reason to exist.”