The Refolo Bench designed by Charlotte Perriand provides a basic horizontal platform which can be used independently as a large low table as well as bench and sofa seating when combined with a series of modular cushions. The platform is available a choice of natural or dark-stained oak in three sizes. Through the addition of cushions – seat, armrest, or a combination of seat/backrest – Refolo can become a bench or a sofa. These easily attach and detach to the manufacturer provided fittings. Because all of these elements are available separately, one can configure the platform as completely cushioned or partially so – with the latter, a portion of the platform is revealed functioning not only as a seemingly integrated surface but provides a wonderful synergy of varying heights within the horizontal plane. The cushions are composed of polyurethane foam and polyester wadding and are available in numerous textile and leather upholstery options.
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.