Petit Bureau en Forme Libre
With its smooth, rounded edges and asymmetrical form, the Petit Bureau En Forme Libre was designed in 1952 by Charlotte Perriand as a clever solution for smaller spaces thanks to its contained dimensions.
Reintroduced in 2021 in collaboration with Pernette Perriand-Barsac, slight changes have made this elegant desk suitable for professional use. A cable passage positioned on the left-hand side of the desktop leads to a built-in power unit, sold separately, that features two USB sockets (type A+N and C) and a plug socket. The cable entry pocket cover is upholstered in black or tobacco-colored saddle leather, just like the optional, non-slip desk pad to protect the desk’s surface.
The solid Canaletto walnut version of the Petit bureau en forme libre highlights the beauty of the desk’s natural materials and testimonies Cassina’s skill in wood craftsmanship. The desk is also available in solid Mahogany and matt lacquered wood in a variety of colors.
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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