Rare storage unit, designed for the Air France Building, Brazzaville

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  • Provenance

    Air France Building, Brazzaville, Congo
    Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris

  • Literature

    M. McLeod, ed., Charlotte Perriand An Art of Living, New York, 2003, p. 223, plate 34
    Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand - Un Art d’Habiter, Paris, 2005, p. 331

  • 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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Rare storage unit, designed for the Air France Building, Brazzaville

1952
Aluminium, painted bent steel, oak.
74.2 x 37 x 48.3 cm (29 1/4 x 14 5/8 x 19 in)
Manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, France.

Estimate
£12,000 - 18,000 

sold for £27,500

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London 25 April 2013 2pm