Pierre Cardin designed furniture like an architect, and he was an architect by training. He presented his one-offs series of haute couture furniture, which he called “Utilitarian Sculptures” in 1977. Each piece was sculptural, and in contradiction to the modernist agenda, where form follows function, hide the function. The forms were monumental and the style derived from basic and simple geometrical shapes. Abstract and provocative, each piece presented interplay of volumes and demonstrated a strong Japanese influence. This series and other will be discussed in a session devoted to collecting design of the 70s in the fall program of Collecting Design.