Executive Director of VIA




VIA Gallery

120, avenue Ledru Rollin
75011 Paris
Metro : Gare de Lyon / Ledru Rollin

Opening :

monday-friday : 9.30am – 6.30pm

  • Facebook
  • Twitter


Contact : 7, rue Chalgrin 75116 Paris - France

Ph. +33 (0)1 45 00 34 68
environmental designer

La maison de Léna is

- A house where creativity expresses itself with passion, where ideas are born and grow in the imagination of Sophie Zaessinger and Pierre Maffi...
- A house where we dream a world for children, full of fun and
- A house where we produce books, furniture, objects, games and décors adapted to children aged from 3 to 103.

Sophie Zaessinger graduated from the Ecole Française des Attachés de Presse in Lyons in 1993. She continued studying in Strasbourg where she took a BA in the history of Art and Archaeology. In the year 2000 she joined the press service of the Musée Carnavalet in Paris, as communication head for permanent collections and temporary exhibitions. In 2002, she joined the Alambret cultural communication agency, where she was press attaché in charge of projects for 4 years. Her work entailed conducting communication campaigns for institutions like the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle in Paris, the Cité Nature designed by Jean Nouvel in Arras, the Musée Fabre in Montpellier, the CIDIL, Les Beffrois de la Culture in the North of France, and the musée de l’Homme in Paris. She also handled communication for artists Françoise Petrovitch and Marc Ayrault.

In 2006, at the age of 33, she decided to indulge her passion for art and the world of children by setting up La maison de Léna, a structure whose vocation is to create a cultural, sensitive and playful environment for children.

Sophie Zaessinger marshalled her talents for creation, channelling her energy into establishing and developing her firm, and forging its own artistic identity. She continues writing and publishing children’s books, and imagining and co-signing each year the collections of furniture and objects for children produced by La maison de Léna. She also designs regularly for adults: furniture, objects and contemporary rugs under the Zaessinger & Maffi label.

Pierre Maffi is 35 and is a graduate of the Arts Décoratifs school in Strasbourg. After working four years as art director for
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, he set up as an independent designer and multiplied his projects in furniture (Tolix, DMA, Roche Bobois) and scenography (Nuit Blanche, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Biennale du design). A many-sided creator Pierre Maffi designs vases, rugs, furniture and lighting, using traditional or contemporary materials to embody the sensitive lines of his imagination.
As director of creation for La maison de Léna, Pierre Maffi has turned his skills to the world of children. By his stylistic options
and the products that he conceives of, he preserves the
visual and artistic identity of La maison de Léna. He also designs scenographies and itineraries for children in the framework of exhibitions.

Every year, Pierre Maffi and Sophie Zaessinger co-create collections of furniture and objects for children for La maison de Léna. Sensitive and contemporary lines of seats, desks, accessories and storage units that are adapted to the movements and habits of children.

La maison de Léna
7,rue Chalgrin
75116 Paris
ph/fax: 01 45 00 34 68
website: www.lamaisondeLé
contact: info@lamaisondeLé
press: presse@lamaisondeLé

Directress: Sophie Zaessinger - szaessinger@lamaisondeLé
Director of creation: Pierre Maffi - design@lamaisondeLé

chair Léna
© DR

seat Âme soeur
© DR

shelf Léna
© DR

stool Ta-bouh !
© DR

armchair Cabane
© DR