Nuage Bibliothèque Épis et Murales MX
Nuage Bibliothèque Épis et Murales MX designed by Charlotte Perriand 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.
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.