Nuage Bibliothèque Épis et Murales MX
“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 Bibliothèque Épis et Murales MX storage unit/bookcase configurations. In addition to being available in a number of versions, these also have substantial color and finish options for panels.
Please contact CONTEXT at 800.886.0867 to review all of these variants along with associated pricing and lead times.
Oak shelves natural or stained black/horizontal supports
Vertical aluminum elements in anodized or black painted finish
Sliding aluminum panels in anodized or painted finishes of red, blue, green, yellow, gray, white or black
Part of Cassina’s I Maestri Collection
Marked with the designer’s stamp and a unique production/serial number
Version 526 0C:
84.6” width, 13.8” depth, 48.4” height
Version 526 2C:
84.6” width, 13.8” depth, 69.7” height
Version 526 2B:
84.6” width, 18.9” depth, 69.7” height
Version 526 5B:
115” width, 18.9” depth, 72.4” height
Version 526 6C:
115” width, 13.8” depth, 100” height