1.02.2008

charlotte perriand


in a time when women were scarce in the upper echelons of high industrial design, this girl could design (and grow body hair, apparently) with the best of the big boys. she famously worked with le corbusier and jean prouve and had a long and fruitful career on her own. as far as bookcases go, she is probably best known for her "mexique" design. but i prefer the system shown below.




for a long time, I've wished someone would make a basic vitsoe-style bracket shelf that would fit in a standard bracket rail of the style you might find in any hardware store. this system, designed by perriand for the now defunct flambo in france comes pretty close to what i'd love to have. these are no longer in production, but if anyone knows anything about the company (flambo) or any similar solutions, please pass them on.

9 comments:

ANDY said...

amen.

ANDY said...

This is kind of nice, save for the "brass" finish.

lola said...

I didn't know about that book; thanks. Saw this and thought of your blog: http://www.fraktion2.com/cell.html

info said...

If you want to know more about her life and her work, follow this link : Charlotte Perriand

Mrs Gorman said...

A beautiful portrait of Charlotte.
Where is it from?

erik heywood said...

The picture is scanned from the autobiography I linked to in the post. It's a bit dry, but with beautiful and illuminating moments.

erik heywood said...

Oops. Wrong source. The picture is from "Charlotte Perriand: An Art of Living" http://www.amazon.com/Charlotte-Perriand-Living-Mary-McLeod/dp/0810945037/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1229672966&sr=8-1

Kathi said...

I have a kind of similar shelf at home, which I use for my books at my loft bed. Mine looks like it's deeper though.

reading the world said...

Biblomodel shelves are very similar.