CHARLOTTE PERRIAND 'Nuage’ Shelf

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CHARLOTTE PERRIAND
“Nuage” Shelf
1958
Veneered oak and lacquered aluminum
70 by 250.3 by 33.4 cm (27½ by 98½ by 13⅛ in.)

PROVENANCE
Cité Cansado, Mauritania
Private Collection, Paris
Private Collection

LITERATURE
“Elementi d'Arredo per la serie”, Domus, no. 283, June 1953 (Steph Simon prospectus mentioned p. 23; another example mentioned p. 24)
Mary McLeod, ed., Charlotte Perriand: An Art of Living, New York, 2003 (another example mentioned p. 145)
Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand, Un art d'habiter, 1903-1959, Paris, 2005 (Steph Simon prospectuses and other examples mentioned pp. 400, 403, 405, 420-22 and 440)
Steph Simon Retrospective 1956–1974: Prouvé, Perriand, Mouille, Jouve, Noguchi, exh. cat., Galerie Downtown, Paris, 2007, p. 67
Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand, Complete Works Volume 2, 1940-1955, Paris, 2015 (Steph Simon prospectus mentioned p. 411; technical drawing illustrated p. 451; other examples mentioned pp. 468- 70)

CATALOGUE NOTE
The ‘Nuage’ Shelf is one of Charlotte Perriand’s most iconic designs. Nuage is a playful title for a modular design that is concrete and geometric at its core. Yet, like a cloud, Perriand’s shelving design appears to float in a horizontal movement. In 1940, Perriand visited the Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto where she became intrigued by the “free form” shelving that, as she wrote in her journal, “gives rhythm to space and enhances the objects it supports.” The ‘Nuage’ Shelf design is customizable, and Perriand arranged it in numerous configurations across a series of works. The present iteration includes two stacked asymmetrical shelving units conjoined by evenly spaced black niches for storage or display. With the ‘Nuage’ Shelf, Perriand evolved functional design into a creative and bespoke opportunity.

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