Charlotte Perriand - Design and Design Art New York Thursday, May 24, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Cite Cansado, Mauritania, Africa

  • Literature

    Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand-Un Art d'Habiter, Paris, 2005, pp. 440-442; Charlotte Perriand, exh. cat., Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 2005, p.162; Peter Sulzer, Jean Prouvé: Œuvre Compléte, Volume 3: 1944-1954, Basel, 2005, pp. 170 and 172-173

  • Catalogue Essay

    Charlotte Perriand designed the furniture for the housing complex in Cansado, Mauritania which was originally realized for the French mining company ATEA-SETAP. The complex is comprised of one hotel, a club, a service building, houses for the workers and villas for the management. Situated in the middle of the Sahara the buildings are almost windowless in order to be shielded from the burning sun. The architecture is sharp and unadorned. The neutral colors of the white and grey houses are set within the brown Sahara sand with nothing but the red of the doors and the blue of the sky as bright and charming punctuations. Charlotte Perriand’s elegant furniture thus harmonizes perfectly with the simplicity of the materials and the color balance.

  • 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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Rare five-door cabinet, Cite Cansado, Mauritania, Africa

Painted metal, ash, painted board, plastic. Editioned by Steph Simon, France. Each drawer molded "Modele Charlotte Perriand Brevete S.G.D.G."
30 1/2 x 108 1/2 x 18 1/4 in. (77.5 x 275.6 x 46.4 cm)

$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $120,000

Design and Design Art

24 May 2007
2pm New York