Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé, Pierre Jeanneret, Masters of Modernity
For the Biennale des Antiquaires 2016 at the Grand Palais, François Laffanour, internationally recognized as a post-war architect furniture specialist, presents a selection of pieces by Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé. This exceptional set of furniture represents a re exion on the idea of modernity and on the innovations brought by these designers.
Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999), one of the main gures of 1950s design, a free and committed woman, devoted to creating furniture combining modern lines with traditional materials and techniques. Among the exceptional masterpieces will be presented a rare bench with a steel structure, designed in 1966 for the private residence of the ambassador of Japan in France. Jean Prouvé (1901-1984), for his part, worked on industrializing the process of furniture making by creating machines and workshops to produce fair, functional and a ordable furniture. By this multidisciplinary spirit, at once engineer, architect and constructor, we present a remarkable shelving system from the 1930s, a rare “Granito” table, a “Présidence” desk and several architectural elements. Throughout his life, Pierre Jeanneret (1896-1967) remained in the shadow of his prominent cousin Le Corbusier. Not very familiar to the general public, he was one of the rst to design furniture for Knoll International. Having taken part in the projects of his most important collaborators and friends, Jeanneret characterizes the familial relationships in this avant-garde of design. In this respect, we are presenting the unique ve sides table that he designed for the dining room of the Prouvé family in 1943, in France at war. We will also show a unique gaming table, special commission from 1948 and some rare pieces from the city of Chandigarh in India.
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