New York, March 25, 2014 - Cassina shares its passion with Louis Vuitton for Charlotte Perriand, one of the most pioneering architects from the 20th Century, with a comprehensive project: an encounter which combines furnishings, fashion and photography to honour this magnificent contemporary legend. The life and travels of Charlotte Perriand through her lensCassina celebrates the New York launch of the LC4 CP, a limited and highly innovative edition (1000 pieces) of the evocative LC4 chaise-longue designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, with an exhibition of the architect’s photography entitled: “Charlotte Perriand - A Modernist Pioneer, from Avant-garde Design to Photography” in its SoHo Showroom in the presence of Pernette Perriand-Barsac, her daughter and assistant for twenty years, and Jacques Barsac, the world’s greatest Charlotte Perriand expert. Charlotte Perriand exhibition conceptThe photographic memories selected are an insight into Charlotte Perriand’s passion for architecture, nature and humanity discovered during her travels. The photographs, placed as modules inside wooden displays in the form of the iconic Nuage bookshelf, can be divided into the following fundamental subjects: Les Objects Trouvés, The Mountains and Prefabricated Architecture. The atmosphere of the exhibit is further enriched with a selection of furniture designs by Charlotte Perriand and Cassina. The tribute edition LC4 CP ‘relaxing machine’The inspiration of this tribute piece dates back to the then controversial - now renowned - photo of Charlotte Perriand relaxing on one of the first models of the chaise-longue with a self-supporting mattress attached directly to the frame. Considered as the ultimate ‘relaxing machine,’ this object has always been special for Charlotte Perriand as it perfectly reflects her idea of functional furniture which caters to the natural human form to create maximum comfort. Louis Vuitton has chosen Charlotte Perriand’s non-conformist style as inspiration for the 2014 Spring /Summer and Fall Icon Collections. The most innovative workmanship in 80 years of historyThe LC4 CP is highly innovative thanks to the workmanship of the self-supporting mattress which has been developed using Cassina’s industrial know-how and Louis Vuitton’s expertise in saddlery craftsmanship: the natural cow hide leather supplied by Louis Vuitton’s tannery is attached directly to the structure, and the contrasting dark brown saddle-leather has been applied for the foot and headrest.Characteristic Louis Vuitton details can be particularly recognised in the yellow stitching of the natural saddle leather and the elegant leather headrest straps which recall the workmanship of the Louis Vuitton signature handbags.Each basalt coloured base carries the dedication“Hommage de Cassina à Charlotte Perriand à l’occasion de la Collection Icônes 2014 de Louis Vuitton” and is authenticated with the progressive limited edition production number. The authors’ signatures along with the Cassina I Maestri logo are engraved, as always, on the chrome structure to underline that Cassina is the only authorised company to manufacture furniture designed by Charlotte Perriand. This distinctive design icon is available at premium Cassina boutiques around the world. Charlotte Perriand Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999) holds full membership of the avant-garde cultural movement which, from the first decades of the twentieth century, brought about a profound change in aesthetic values and gave birth to a truly modern sensitivity towards everyday life. In this context, her specific contribution focuses on interior composition, conceived as creating a new way of living, still today at the heart of contemporary lifestyle. In the sphere of twentieth century furnishing history, the advent of modernity made possible the entrepreneurial audacity of this true reformer of interior design. At the beginning of her professional career Perriand was acclaimed by critics for her Bar under the roof, exhibited at the Salon d’Automne in 1927, constructed entirely in nickel-plated copper and anodized aluminium. In the same year, when she was just twenty-four years old, she began a decade-long collaboration with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, at the famous design studios at 35 rue de Sèvres in Paris. Charlotte Perriand’s presence at the Le Corbusier studio is visible in all the furnishings designed together: here she became a cornerstone in the reformation project promoted by the architect, adding a distinct dimension of humaneness to the often cold rationalism of Le Corbusier. In her creations she manages to animate the fundamental substance of daily life with new aesthetic values: in particular her talent and intuition in the discovery and use of new materials manifest themselves to their full extent. The ten-year long collaboration with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, and her Japanese experience, represent periods of intense creative effervescence in the life of the artist. During her long stay in the Far East (‘40-‘46), she reveals her artistic talent to the full, through a reinterpretation of the reality of life to echo both tradition and odernity. By way of example, worthy of mention are the furnishings produced using traditional bamboo processing techniques, capable of enhancing the new forms already experimented using steel-tubing. After her professional work as an architect, she concentrated on a series of original and balanced productions, commissioned by top-level authorities and leading companies of the calibre of Air France, and by a number of foreign organisations, authenticating the fame she had by now gained on the international scene. Charlotte Perriand’s personality was particularly characterised by her sincere loyalty to and great passion for the principles of humane and innovative rationalism, preserved intact in her projects and recreated in the Cassina I Maestri Collection.
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