Le Monde de Charlotte Perriand
for Richard Ginori 1735
Le Monde de Charlotte Perriand: a new tableware collection inspired by her passion for nature
Cassina continues its collaboration with Ginori 1735 and presents the finest porcelain dinner set inspired by the photography of Charlotte Perriand. Hand decorated and characterized by patterns that combine the colors blue and white, this striking set of plates is the perfect proposal to embellish any dinner table.
The Le Monde de Charlotte Perriand collection includes a service plate, a dinner plate, a bowl, and a side/dessert plate, presented in a set of two, with three different decorations that can be mixed and matched. Each piece is marked with the Cassina and Ginori 1735 logos.
A pioneer of modernity, architect, urban planner, designer, and photographer Charlotte Perriand was committed to defining an entirely new art de vivre that would break with the traditional codes of her era. In the late 1930s, photography took on a fundamental role in developing her creative process and became an important inspiration for her furniture designs.
Thanks to the close collaboration with Pernette Perriand-Barsac, Charlotte Perriand’s daughter and founder of the archives, four different graphic motifs present in photographs taken between 1933 and 1934 have been identified for the Le Monde de Charlotte Perriand collection.
A great observer, Charlotte was fascinated by nature: she collected many objects found during her travels, such as stones, roots, pieces of wood, and fish bones, and she observed their shape, materials, and geometries and used them as elements of inspiration for her designs.
Each hand-painted design in the Le Monde de Charlotte Perriand collection is an object of poetry and testimonies, a conceptual adventure ready to ignite the imagination. However unrecognizable at first glance, the elements of nature photographed by Charlotte Perriand awaken a series of associations that are recalled during one’s culinary experience.
The contours of a patch of snow in the crevices of a stone floor, photographed in the forest of Fontainebleau near Paris in 1934, evoke mythological animals, gorgons, or carnival figures. The circular bands of a tree trunk conjure up the hallucinatory face of a lemur or the sensual mouth of an Indian goddess, and a fishbone on a black background reminds us of a work tool whose use is unknown.
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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by Joshua Vogel