Nuage Bahut Credenza
The elements that compose Nuage Bahut Credenza form find their origins in the research Charlotte 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’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.
Cassina Living 2019
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.