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Important 'Antony' bookcase, designed for the Cité Universitaire, Antony, 1954-1955

Ash-veneered wood, painted steel, painted perforated hardboard
74 1/10 × 114 × 13 4/5 in
188.2 × 289.6 × 35 cm
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The present lot was designed by Charlotte Perriand as part of a coveted contract to furnish one hundred and fifty single rooms at the student housing complex at the Cité Universitaire of Antony, then the largest …

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Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, France
Charlotte Perriand
French, 1903–1999
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Charlotte Perriand was a rare female voice among the avant-garde designers whose designs shaped modern living in the early 20th century. As a student, she rejected the popular Beaux-Arts style and found inspiration instead in machine-age technology. She joined the studio of Le Corbusier at 24, where she experimented with steel, aluminum, and glass, developing a series of tubular steel chairs that remain a modern icon. In 1940, she traveled to Japan to advise the government on how to export products to the West, and spent WWII exiled in Vietnam, where she discovered local woodwork and weaving techniques and embraced natural materials. “The most important thing to realize is that what drives the modern movement is a spirit of enquiry; it’s a process of analysis and not a style,” she said near the end of her life. “We worked with ideals.”

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Property Subject to VAT Section 4 (20%; see Conditions of Sale for further information)

From the Catalogue:
The present lot was designed by Charlotte Perriand as part of a coveted contract to furnish one hundred and fifty single rooms at the student housing complex at the Cité Universitaire of Antony, then the largest …

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Manufacturer
Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, France
Charlotte Perriand
French, 1903–1999
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Charlotte Perriand was a rare female voice among the avant-garde designers whose designs shaped modern living in the early 20th century. As a student, she rejected the popular Beaux-Arts style and found inspiration instead in machine-age technology. She joined the studio of Le Corbusier at 24, where she experimented with steel, aluminum, and glass, developing a series of tubular steel chairs that remain a modern icon. In 1940, she traveled to Japan to advise the government on how to export products to the West, and spent WWII exiled in Vietnam, where she discovered local woodwork and weaving techniques and embraced natural materials. “The most important thing to realize is that what drives the modern movement is a spirit of enquiry; it’s a process of analysis and not a style,” she said near the end of her life. “We worked with ideals.”

Important 'Antony' bookcase, designed for the Cité Universitaire, Antony, 1954-1955

Ash-veneered wood, painted steel, painted perforated hardboard
74 1/10 × 114 × 13 4/5 in
188.2 × 289.6 × 35 cm
Bidding closed
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