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  • Provenance

    Air France Unité d’Habitation, Brazzaville
    Robert Rubin, New York
    Sotheby's, New York, "Équipement Intérieur: A Private Collection," December 18, 2004, lot 514
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Mary McLeod, ed., Charlotte Perriand: An Art of Living, New York, 2003, p. 223
    Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand: Un art d'habiter 1903-1959, Paris, 2005, p. 331

  • 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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Property from a Private Collection

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Storage unit from the Air France Unité d’Habitation, Brazzaville

1952
Painted steel, aluminum, oak.
29 1/4 x 14 1/2 x 20 in. (74.3 x 36.8 x 50.8 cm)
Manufactured by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, Nancy, France.

Estimate
$10,000 - 15,000 

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New York Auction 9 June 2016