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August 1-15, 2006


TASTEMAKERS

Built for Speed
By Samuel T. Clover
SACHA LAKIC DREAMS UP SLEEK DESIGNS FOR ROCHE BOBOIS WITH HIGH VELOCITY IN MIND
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While Roche Bobois's recently released Speed Up collection is Paris-based designer Sacha Lakic's first furniture line, his career has been in overdrive since he landed his first job designing car interiors for Peugeot in 1985. Since then, he's designed sleek performance motorcycles for Yamaha, the unabashedly sexy (and surprisingly fast) Venturi Fetish electric sports car—which the company touts as "the first electric road car to be a dream car"—along with beer bottles, skateboards and watches, each product sportier than the next. Lakic's designs are characterized by strong lines, sensuous curves and durable materials that seem to freeze motion, providing a moment of respite from the world while simultaneously reminding us of its speed.

Inspiration came early for Lakic, who was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and raised in Paris. "I started to be interested in design through the car," Lakic says in heavily accented English. "I was fascinated by cars, by speed, by technology. All of my childhood I was just thinking about that—how can I become a car designer?" While interested in his father's career as a fashion designer, it was a metallic green Ford Mustang Lakic saw on his way to school one day that drove away with his heart.

After a year at Peugeot, Lakic was hired away by French design guru Alaine Carré, who was forming an automotive department at his company. "Carré was absolutely fascinated by motorcycles," Lakic recalls. "Most of my time was spent on them."

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