"Maison Du Brésil" Wardrobe / Room-Divider by Le Corbusier

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Le Corbusier's Maison du Brésil was built between 1956-1959 to house Brazilian intellectuals studying in Paris. The rooms were fitted with custom-made furniture designed in 1958 by Le Corbusier with his long-time collaborator Charlotte Perriand. It was the last project these two giants worked on together. This piece is a large oak wardrobe that served both as a storage unit for books and clothing, and also as a free-floating room divider. The painted side was intended as a headboard for a bed placed against it -- the square, asymmetrically-placed niche acting as a recessed night table for a resident scholar's books, radio, alarm clock, etc.

On the other side, there are sliding doors of painted steel which conceal shelves and a vertical area for hanging clothing, and a stack of nine colored drawers. Patented by Charlotte Perriand, these plastic drawers are design icons in their own right. Each is molded with the inscription "MODÈLE Charlotte Perriand / Breveté S.G.D.G." which demonstrates that they are of the same vintage as the rest of the piece, and not recently made re-edtions. Finally, there is also on this side (in the upper left-hand corner) a steel coat-hook, enameled in gray, which must have been very useful for tossing a jacket on to after a long night spent debating the fine points of some new theory, movie, or sculpture.

This original piece is a rarity, as it is one of only a few which were built specifically for the rooms in a single historic building. The responsibility for manufacture fell in 1958/1959 to the legendary Steph Simon, a visionary whose gallery was then home-base for some of the most important design figures of the time (Prouvé, Perriand, Noguchi, Jouve, Mouille, Yanagi).

The condition is excellent, with only the ordinary wear one expects of a 60-year-old piece of furniture. Additional photos are available on request.

Provenance:

La Maison du Brésil, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris.

Literature:

Elisabeth Vedrenne, Le Corbusier, Paris, 1998, pp. 66-67.
W. Boesiger, ed., Le Corbusier et son Atelier Rue de Sèvres 35, Œuvre Complète 1957-1965, New York, 1990, pp. 192-199.
Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand: Un Art d'Habiter, Paris, 2005, pp. 466-468.


        
Details
Creator
Charlotte Perriand (Designer), 
Le Corbusier (Designer)
Of the Period
Modern
Place of Origin
France
Date of Manufacture
1956-1959
Period
1950-1959
Materials and Techniques
Painted   Wood
Painted   Metal
Molded   Plastic
Oak
Condition
Excellent. One of the plastic drawers (a yellow one) has chip on its edge. This can be restored at no additional cost if the buyer so desires..
Wear
Wear consistent with age and use
Dimensions
59.4 in. H x 70.5 in. W x 27 in. D
151 cm H x 179 cm W x 69 cm D
Dealer Location
Los Angeles, CA
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
LU80914755083
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1stdibs seller since 2005
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Associations:
  • 20th Century Specialists

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