Meet Manesse, a passionate entrepreneur who launched La Permanence in 2017, work spaces that are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He tells us about his project and the reason why he wanted to revolutionise workspaces. Manesse chose TIPTOE table legs and the SSD chair to furnish his spaces, and he tells us why.
Manesse, tell us about your project?
We opened the first La Permanence in January 2017, just 3 years ago. Our basic idea was simply to solve a huge problem for students in Paris: how tough it is to get a place in the
library. They open too late and close too early. To add insult to injury, there is often a queue waiting outside to enter.
Our idea was to offer an alternative: a space open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year for €1 per hour. We set an aim to keep this space open all the time, with no interruptions as a place when you can be sure of finding a comfortable space to work in good conditions.
As time went on, a community of entrepreneurs and freelancers joined our spaces, and currently our client base is made up of 50/50 students and professionals. We want to offer pure, well thought-out spaces that really stimulate concentration to work and achieve your personal goals. All of this at a very affordable price so that anyone can turn up when they want to.
How do you want to develop this place or your concept?
We want to improve our spaces with new functions: concentration bubbles, nap areas, phone rooms, small format meeting rooms for informal meetings, etc.
This year we want to open several spaces, especially in large provincial towns: Bordeaux, Lyon and Marseille.
What made you choose Tiptoe table legs? What do you like about them and how do they integrate into the place?
We chose TIPTOE table legs for two reasons:
– the modularity that lets us adapt the format of our tables infinitely to use all possible combinations and adapt to a large number of restrictions in the areas that we use.
– the durability of the material: Tiptoe table legs are unbreakable and last forever. For us making commercial use of our spaces and our furniture is extremely important.
What’s a TIPTOE creation that you’d like to bring to life?
It would have to be a bookcase. Given the furniture designed by the TIPTOE team, I am sure that they could create an incredible bookcase that would be true to the state of mind that they have promoted since their creation.