In the session on collecting French postwar design this morning, I have hosted Alberto Aquilino, whose 1950 is the leading gallery for French postwar design in New York. We discussed projects by Charlotte Perriand, who, in the postwar years worked with Le Corbusier on his Unité d’Habitation apartment building in Marseilles and with Jean Prouve on various ventures. Her experiences in Japan and Vietnam came to influence her vocabulary, which combined functional elements of Japanese interiors, such as sliding screens that came to redefine particular spaces.
From Le Corbusier she learnt the emphasis on poor material in the favor of great design ideas, and thus did not use ostentatious materials, perfectly seen in her bookcases, which are sought after by collectors worldwide. We discussed the various types of bookcases that Perriand designed throughout the 50s and into the early 60s for the City University of Paris and those editioned by Galerie Steph Simon, and their place in the marketplace. All images courtesy of Phillips de Pury.
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