Modernity, at the heart of Cassina’s research.From the 2nd to the 14th of May, the new Cassina Rive Droite showroom presents the experimental project “D’un casier à l’autre … un nouveau standard” by curator, designer, interior designer and professor Marie Christine Dorner.In its 90 years of history, Cassina has consistently produced furniture for contemporary living and has always showed a great interest in how the social and cultural impact of interiors and architecture effects the way we live. The quest for modernity through the research of new forms and materials continues to be part of Cassina’s company DNA.Cassina asked Marie Christine Dorner to involve young professionals who attended her courses at the école Camondo in a workshop, consisting of approximately a dozen meetings in two months, from January to March 2017.This experience, intrigued with research, fruitful exchanges and the study of products from the I Maestri Collection, has allowed these young designers to reflect on a basic typology and to freely reinterpret it within the company: from generation to generation ...8 new interpretations of the Casiers Standard.Exhibited for the first time in 1925 by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret at the Pavillon de l’Esprit Nouveau, the Casiers Standard were the first example of avant-garde furniture dedicated to the organization of space. Conceived to freely organise objects and space thanks to a modular system, the project is still today considered revolutionary.The project by Marie Christine Dorner therefore takes inspiration from the Casiers Standard, recently relaunched by Cassina in a new version, and aims to question the implicit notions of the words “casiers” and “standard”, by reinterpreting furniture with a unique and personal vision.The 8 projects by the young designers have been unveiled during D’Days in a scenography by Marie Christine Dorner and accompanied by a 10 minute film by Alexandre Medan about the process and execution of the workshop, with testimonies from all of the participants.Kristina Chrastilova : KinuKinu takes inspiration from the multiple layers of coloured silk fabric of the Japanese junihitoe. The universe of the room is characterised by the presence of different fabrics in a sound proof environment.The Kinu containers have been conceived to contain clothes and draw on the principle of a rigid metal structure covered in soft upholstery.Grégory Chrétien : a casier inspired by the ModulorIn 1943, Le Corbusier developed the Modulor, a measuring system based on the body’s proportions.Grégory Chrétien based his idea on this measurement standard. In his vision, one unit becomes a bench or small table; two a console; three or four a shelf. By assembling the Casiers, an architectural landscape with a rich and various rhythm is composed, made up of lines, plains, masses, and space.Pierre-Adrien Dumoulin and Eléonore Satger : JeannotA set of modules to contain valuable items. Based on Le Corbusier’s (erroneous or imperfect) ideas which led to great architectures, the duo began with the creation of “rabbit cages” that adapt to the object. They created a constructive system of radical and minimalist containers like Le Corbusier’s buildings seeking to express an urban vision of the object, seriously but with a sense of humour.Constance Frapolli : DockDock takes inspiration from shipping containers, a worldwide standard of the 20th Century, by taking on their simple form and basic materials such as corrugated metal, playing with volume and colour just like the containers.Lara Grand : PerforationsSimilar to Le Corbusier’s architecture, this new Casier Standard’s aspect has more freedom and important legs. The tubes and octagonal perforations allow the different modules to be simply assembled in various ways. Together they create a system available from 1 to 4 heights.Xavier Martin : Casier MobileThis Casier accompanies the user in their daily life. Carrying personal belongings, it follows them in their travels like a companion. Its content, material, colour, belong to the user’s history, depending on the day’s requirements.Pauline Masson : CrustacésThe project articulates around metal nets to catch little crabs and other seafood. The idea is a cage that guards a rare object inside, like a well-kept secret.Here, the centre of the Casier is a wooden box in which the objects levitate inside, glorifying them.Marc-Antoine Voisin : CuboAn “emptied” structure with transparent or perforated sides for a piece of furniture that you can walk around. Cubo offers two possible types of assembly, horizontal or vertical, creating organised chaos.The assembly, horizontal or vertical, creates new formats and surfaces and plays with colour thanks to the layering of colours.A prestigious jury.A prestigious jury met in the middle of March and chose four projects to be developed into prototypes (Constance Frapolli, Xavier Martin) and models (Pauline Masson, Lara Grand), while the other four projects are exhibited with drawings, samples and renderings.The members of the jury :Gianluca Armento : Cassina Managing DirectorPatricia Urquiola : Cassina Art DirectorMichel Richard : Le Corbusier Foundation DirectorJean Frédéric Jauslin : Ambassador, Switzerland's permanent UNESCO delegatePernette Perriand et Jacques Barsac : Charlotte Perriand ArchivesChantal Hamaide : Founder and editor in Chief of the magazine Intramuros.8 projects on show at the new Cassina Rive Droite showroom.The 8 projects developed during the workshop are displayed in a colourful and intimate atmosphere where the walls are covered in wool felt by Kvadrat. This material contrasts with the projects’ ‘rigid’ materials, mainly metal, and at the same time improves the acoustics of the space to give value to the film especially produced for the occasion. Projected at the entrance, the TV screen is surrounded by low stools by Charlotte Perriand where one can sit and watch the ten minute film.The surroundings host the 4 projects selected by the jury in three dimensions, two as models displayed in the windows, and two as prototypes in various dimensions. The other 4 projects are displayed on workshop pin board panels to best explain the research and creation process.
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