This cabinet is very much in the manner of the Bahut no.1 model design by Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret between 1939 and 1944. The body of the unit and details such as the curved handles are very similar with key differences found to the legs and materials used. This cabinet features raw aluminium panels on the front of both doors, which open up to reveal a wide shelf and two draws to the left. Due to its age, we suspect it was made in the 1960s.
Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999), a key figure of European modernism, famously started her career with a rebuff from Le Corbusier’s studio: “We don’t embroider cushions here.” Not deterred she packed out her portfolio and her design for a bar made it into the Salon d’Automne in Paris, 1925. Crafted from nickel, aluminium sheet, tubular metal and blue leather, it turned heads, including the heads of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, who, chastened, offered her a job.
The sideboard is in good condition, with wear from age and use. Scratches to the aluminium frontage can be found as well as some subtle lifting to the edges of the veneers. A very small dent to the top surface and a few ring marks can also be found. Further restoration on request.
H99.5 L173 D44cm