Nuage Bahut Credenza
“In Kyoto, in the Katsura imperial villa built in the XVII century, I noted some shelves arranged on the walls, in the form of a cloud. This is where my cloud shape came from, with aluminum connecting elements. A free-form that gives rhythm to space and enhances the objects it supports.” – Charlotte Perriand Nuage was developed as a range of modular storage units – cabinets, cupboards, and shelves – that can be configured as credenzas, freestanding storage units/bookcases, or wall-mounted storage/shelving.
The elements that compose Nuage’s form find their origins in the research Perriand started in the late 1920s with her collaboration with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. The modular cabinet and cupboard forms were further standardized during the designer’s time in Japan in the 1940s. By the early 1950s, she had dubbed the combination of materials to create Nuage – metal supports, wooden shelves, metal space blocks, sliding panels, trays – as “nouvelle quincaillerie” – French for “new hardware.” Nuage was originally produced by Galerie Steph Simon in Paris from 1956 to 1970. Nuage’s oak wood construction features a resulting arrangement of rectilinear compartments that vary in height – their respective interiors are visible or concealed by the addition of metal sliding doors available in different colors. The user’s orientation of the panels affords a fabulous range of aesthetics resulting from the form’s interplay with the space behind it. The colored aluminum panels are reminiscent of the horizontal and vertical blocks of color that characterize Holland’s De Stijl movement of neoplasticism from 1917 through the 1920s and manifest in the paintings of Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg as well as the furniture and architecture of Gerrit Rietveld.
After many years, Cassina, in close collaboration with Perriand’s daughter, Pernette, has substantively reissued the Nuage range of modular credenzas, bookcases, storage units, and wall-mounted compartments as part of its I Maestri Collection. Noted here are the Nuage Bahut credenza 526 3A in natural oak with matt gray and black sliding doors Please contact CONTEXT at 800.886.0867 to review finish options as well as other variants along with associated pricing.