The City of Lights hosts an exhibit dedicated to Charlotte Perriand by Louis Vuitton, supported by Cassina

NOV 13, 2019 | By Vedika Nair
CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT Charlotte Perriand at the Cassina Milan Showroom with Franco and Umberto Cassina; Salon d'Automne reproduced by Cassina; Salon d'Automne; Salon d'Automne reproduced by Cassina.
CLOCKWISE, FROM LEFT Salon d'Automne; Cassina Table en ardoise prototype—Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlottle Perriand.

Starting October 2nd 2019, Italian designer furniture brand, Cassina—the only company authorised to assemble furniture designed by Charlotte Perriand—supports Fondation Louis Vuitton’s exhibit “Le monde nouveau de Charlotte Perriand” with the restoration of her works and loans from its archive. With a keen interest in the dissemination of the works of designers and architects, Cassina aims at promoting cultural initiatives and creating phenomenal collaborations.

“Le monde nouveau de Charlotte Perriand” is a remarkable opportunity to view visionary design masterpieces and understand the pioneer and her relationship with 20th-century arts, social and political orders. In collaboration with Pernette Perriand Barsac, Cassina has produced the interiors of Salon d’Automne (1929), a range of furniture pieces from Maison du Jeune Homme (1935), the Proposition d’une Synthese des Arts (1955) and the futuristic Refuge Tonneau (1938), a masterpiece of mobile architecture envisioned with Pierre Jeanneret for the mountains.

Hosted at Grand Palais, Paris, Salon d’Automne, an annual art exhibition was the staging for the Equipment interiur d’une habitation by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand. Today, Cassina has produced the iconic tubular metal furniture, which at its inception was considered controversial due to its unprecedented minimalism. With help from Pernette Perriand Barsac and design historian Arthur Ruegg, Cassina has reconstructed the interiors of Salon d’Automne for the exhibit. Designed as a housing project by Charlotte Perriand for the French section of the Universal Exposition in Brussels, Maison du Jeune Homme—The House for a Young Man (1935), was crafted for an intellectual athlete, where the study area was separated from the space dedicated to sports by a freestanding casier and net. For the showcase, Cassina has restored the Table en ardoise, a variation of the piece designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand for Le Corbusier’s home in Paris.

Cassina has authentically reproduced Proposition d’une Synthese des Arts (1955), an installation that was part of Charlotte Perriand’s exhibit in Tokyo in 2013. Today, the installation is showcased in Paris. In 1938, Charlotte Perriand—having spent a lot of her time in the Alps—collaborated with Pierre Jeanneret to develop a unique scale model of a portable mountain shelter, the Refuge Tonneau. Inspired by a merry-go-round that she photographed in Croatia, the structure was envisioned with industrial materials. Produced for the first time in 2012 by Cassina in collusion with Pernette Perriand Barsac and Jacques Barsac, the authentic construction has been loaned from Cassina HQ to be a part of this Parisian exhibit. The showcase will close on the 24th of February 2020.