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  • Provenance

    Editions Steph Simon, Paris
    Cité Cansado, Mauritanie, Africa

  • Literature

    Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand, l’oeuvre complète, vol. 3. 1956-1968, 2017, p. 117

  • Catalogue Essay

    This sideboard was designed by Charlotte Perriand for the City of Cansando in Mauritania.

    In 1957, architects Guy Lagneau, Michel Weill and Jean Dimitrijevic were entrusted with the study of a new city by the iron ore company Miferma. Their research resulted in the building of Cansando in only three years despite supply difficulties, achieving a remarkable synthesis of modern and vernacular architecture. For the furnishing, they called on Mobilier International, Georges Robert and Steph Simon.

    Charlotte Perriand was asked to create a set of furniture for Steph Simon Editions to equip the houses, conceiving amongst others this elegant sideboard with four sliding doors. The piece consists of a special arrangement of the system of cubes developed earlier. The playful alternation of black and white doors combined with the mahogany top and base supported by metal feet bring harmony to this iconic sideboard. The sideboard presents overall very good condition and a beautiful patina.

  • Artist Biography

    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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Sideboard

1958
Mahogany, metal, plastic.
77 x 216 x 46 cm (30 3/8 x 85 x 18 1/8 in.)
Issued by Editions Steph Simon, Paris, France.

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