‘Tunisie’ bookcase, designed for the student rooms of La Maison de la Tunisie, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris

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  • Provenance

    Le Maison de la Tunisie, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris
    Important private collection, Paris

  • Literature

    ‘Maison de la Tunisie à la Cité Universitaire de Paris’, l’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (Paris), no. 47, April/May 1953, p. 67 for the p model in situ (Milan), no. 283, June 1953, p. 22 for the present model in situ
    Anthony Delorenzo, ed., Jean Prouvé / Serge Mouille, New York, 1985, pp. 80-81
    Benedikt Taschen, ed., Jean Prouvé, Cologne, 1991, pp. 144-45
    Alexander von Vegesack, et al., eds., 100 Masterpieces from the Vitra Design Museum Collection, exh. cat., Weil am Rhein, 1996, pp. 186-87 for the present model in situ
    Mary McLeod, ed., Charlotte Perriand: An Art of Living, New York, 2003, p. 142, fig. 14 for an isometric drawing, p. 143, fig. 16 for the present model in situ
    Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand: Un Art d’Habiter, 1903-1959, Paris, 2005, p. 361, p. 363 for technical drawings, pp. 364-65 for renderings, pp. 383, 500 for the present model in situ

  • Artist Bio

    Charlotte Perriand

    French • 1903 - 1999

    Trailblazer Charlotte Perriand burst onto the French design scene in her early 20s, seemingly undeterred by obstacles in an era when even the progressive Bauhaus school of design barred women from architecture and furniture design courses. She studied under Maurice Dufrêne at the École de l'Union Centrale des art Décoratifs, entering into a competition at the 1925 Expo des Arts Décoratifs by age 22 and gaining critical acclaim for her exhibition at the Salon d'Automne in 1927.



    On the heels of this success, that same year she joined the Paris design studio of Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret. For ten years the three collaborated on "equipment for living," such as the iconic tubular steel B306 Chaise Longue (1928). After World War II, Perriand joined forces with Jean Prouvé to create modernist furniture that combined the precise lines of Prouvé's bent steel with the soft, round edges and warmth of natural wood.

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‘Tunisie’ bookcase, designed for the student rooms of La Maison de la Tunisie, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris

1953
Pine, painted bent aluminium, painted diamond-point aluminium, painted bent steel, mahogany.
159.4 x 52.9 x 353.2 cm (62 3/4 x 20 7/8 x 139 in)
Manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, France.

Estimate
£70,000 - 110,000 

sold for £146,500

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