The New Art of Furnishing

PERRIAND (Charlotte)

Tiroirs de rangement.

Paris, Édition Steph Simon, boulevard Saint Germain, (March 1966).

Illustrated thin paper sheet printed in black on recto only, folded, (270 x 420 mm), dated in pencil March 1966 below image.

First and only edition of an elusive “trade catalogue” showcasing the latest furniture designs created by one of the most important 20th-century designers; it was edited by Galerie Steph Simon in Paris.

Shortly after the Second World War, a generation of designers such as Jean Prouvé, Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, Carlo Mollino, and Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999) brought a new concept to the art of furnishing, dictated by a need for freedom and functionality, a new “art de vivre” in a time of technological and scientific advances, creating for the first time forms that were pure and without ornament.

Steph Simon (1902-1982) was the producer, from 1956 to 1974, of Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé, Serge Mouille, Georges Jouve, and Isamu Noguchi furniture. Spurred on by the wish to create for everybody, these artists enlisted in the tradition of great modern movements stemming from Mackintosh and Hoffmann, followed by Breuer, Mies van der Rohe and others. They gave design the place it has acquired in our lives and thought today. Their proximity and familiarity with the world of art helped them design furniture and objects using modern materials adapted to make them affordable, often even industrial materials made noble by simple, straightforward use; bent metal, solid wood, paper, and metal sheeting all became simply beautiful by what emanated from them: delicate forms, but also serenity, elegance and refinement.

Architect, designer, urban planner and photographer Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999) played a leading role in European and Japanese design and architecture history. A founding member of the Union des Artistes Modernes (UAM) in 1929, she is one of the great figures of the modern avant-garde and the first woman to have created a leisure city, Les Arcs (France), for 30.000 people, directing the entire project, from urban planning to architecture and design.

In very good, clean condition.