Cassina has joined forces with Louis Vuitton to present a limited edition chair – the Chaise Longue LC4 – to celebrate one of the most influential pioneers of design, Charlotte Perriand.
Originally designed by le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Perriand, the LC4 has become an encapsulation of the tenets of modernism. It is an exceedingly elegant piece of furniture – arguably made more so by the iconic photograph of Perriand reclining on the chair. Indeed, at the time, the image was controversial for its depiction of relaxed abandon.
Perriand was a passionate traveller, keen photographer, design aficionado, architecture advocate and a visionary designer. She was everything that the Louis Vuitton brand represents. Importantly, the Louis Vuitton style has been translated perfectly into the chair through an expert saddle craftsmanship.
The result is a light pink natural saddle leather form with contrasting dark brown saddle leather used for both the head and footrest. Yellow stitching finishes the natural leather section, while the Louis Vuitton signature leather straps complete the look of the chair.
The edition was launched at the Art Basel show in Miami Beach to fittingly coincide with the 110th anniversary of Perriand’s birth. Each of the 1000 pieces made is signed and engraved with the Cassina l Maestri logo, as well as the phrase ‘Hommage de Cassina à Charlotte Perriand à l’occasion de la Collection Icones 2014 de Louis Vuitton’. The LC4 is available in Australia exclusively through Cult by Corporate Culture.
Unveiled alongside the chaise longue was a photography exhibition of Perriand’s work behind the camera: Charlotte Perriand – A Modernist Pioneer, from Avant-garde Design to Photography. The exhibition will travel to a selection of international Cassina flagship stores and authorised dealers in conjunction with Louis Vuitton’s Icon Collection launch throughout 2014.