Authentic "Les Arcs" Chairs, by Charlotte Perriand for Cassina, 1968

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A pair of authentic Les Arcs chairs, designed by the French furniture maker Charlotte Perriand for Ski resort Les Arcs, France, 1968. Exclusively manufactured by the renowned Italian furniture maker Cassina. This rare black early edition shows a very nice chrome tubular frame with thick black saddle leather seat. The original frames have some patina and marks. The leather has a lovely natural patina. All together the pair is in good vintage condition, consistent its age and use.

Details

  • Period
    1960-1969
  • Materials and Techniques
    Leather
    Chrome
  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
    Dimensions
    31.89 in. H x 18.5 in. W x 20.47 in. D
    81 cm H x 47 cm W x 52 cm D
  • Seat Height
    17.32 in. (44 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Number of Items
    2
  • Reference Number
    LU269938729043

About Charlotte Perriand (Designer)

A pioneer of modernism in France, Charlotte Perriand was one of the most influential figures in 20th-century design and architecture. In her long career, Perriand’s aesthetic grammar constantly evolved, moving from the tubular steel furniture of the “Machine Age” to a lyrical naturalism.

     Perriand’s studies at the Ecole de L'Union Centrale de Arts Decoratifs left her enthralled by Le Corbusier and his vision of a new, rational architecture. In 1924, she joined his studio to design furniture along with Pierre Jeanneret, Corbu’s partner and cousin. Together, they devised some of the finest examples of early modernist furniture, including two icons of the era: the “B306” chaise with its swooping frame and hide upholstery; and the chunky, steel-framed “Gran Confort” club chair. Collaborative design produced another Perriand triumph: in the early 1950s, she and Jean Prouvé were engaged to produce desks, worktables and bookcases for the University of Paris. The bookcases — slim pine shelves with brightly painted aluminum dividers — are minimalist masterpieces.

     By the end of that decade, Perriand’s aesthetic had changed completely from the earliest days of her career. She produced a series of furniture in ebonized wood: chairs with gentle S-curve legs, front and back; tables with elliptical tops. In the mid-1960s, she adopted an almost rustic look, designing simple chairs with dowel-cut frames and rush seats. Yet everything in Perriand’s oeuvre is beautiful, whether it’s the centerpiece of a décor or an accent. Charlotte Perriand’s work is in every great design collection, public and private. Works on these pages will show you why.

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