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Plurima Book­case

c. 1983/2009

by Charlotte Perriand
for Cassina

Plurima Book­case

by Charlotte Perriand
for Cassina

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The Plurima book­case designed by Char­lotte Perriand features move­able hori­zon­tal panels encour­ag­ing the user to visu­ally manip­u­late volume. By sliding the panels, the user can define the percep­tion of the cabinet’s depth – compart­men­tal­iz­ing the inte­rior volume or allow­ing space to liter­ally pass through it. Perriand further objec­ti­fied these volumes through the graphic addi­tion of color – black, white, and anodized aluminum. Weight is assigned to all of these colors – the visu­ally lighter white and aluminum are more preva­lent through­out Plurima’s compo­si­tional construc­tion; the heavier black is used to punc­tu­ate the verti­cal ends of the recti­lin­ear cabinet form as well as the right-facing half of the vertical supports.

The Plurima book­case is avail­able in two sizes – low and tall versions. It is composed of solid natural oak with several verti­cal supports in black and white lacquer. The sliding cabinet panels are satin anodized aluminum.

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Charlotte Perriand

France (1903–1999)

In her eight-decade career, Charlotte Perriand contributed to countless design projects that allowed her to experiment with material. She explored working with tubular steel furniture, natural pieces in ebonized wood, bamboo furniture in Japan, and more. Paying close attention to the functionality of the furniture and the arrangement of the interior environment, Perriand designed pieces that were meant to be comfortably used and enjoyed in a space, as evidenced in her famed 1959 daybed or curved-back LC7 chair. Her revolutionary user-centric approach helped establish her as a seminal figure in the modernist design movement whose legacy endures to this day.

Not long after graduating from Ecole de L'Union Centrale de Arts Decoratifs in Paris, Perriand impressed critics with “Bar Under the Roof,” an installation featuring an aluminum and chrome bar counter and card table presented at the Salon d’Automne in 1927. The showcase established her as an avant-garde talent to watch and wowed a personal icon of hers, Le Corbusier—who invited her to join his studio and work on furniture designs with him and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret. The trio went on to craft some of the most enduring modern furniture pieces of the 20th century, such as the widely collected LC4 chaise longue, today produced by Cassina.

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