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Nuage Bahut Credenza

c. 1956/2012

by Charlotte Perriand
for Cassina

Nuage Bahut Credenza

by Charlotte Perriand
for Cassina

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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. 

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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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