Cassina presents Vérité, a blend of artisanal expertise and contemporary design. Charlotte Perriand first conceived the rug during her stay in Japan in 1940. It is one of two wool rugs she commissioned for the 1941 exhibition: “Selection, Tradition, Creation.” Vérité depicts the Japanese ideogram for ‘Truth’ or the Mandarin character that in Chinese means ‘Free’ impressed into the brilliant red thickness of the pile. Re-edited for the Details Collection, each step in production is meticulously executed by hand at the cc-tapis atelier outside Kathmandu in Nepal. The rug is hand-knotted with 125,000 knots per square meter using the finest natural materials. The project grew out of the partnership with cc-tapis and in close collaboration with Pernette Perriand-Barsac as part of Cassina’s endeavor to create warm residential settings enhanced with high-quality accessories.
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.