André Renou (1912-1980) and Jean-Pierre Génisset’s (1911-1998) designs centred functionalism and the reduction of form. Renou had been taught by Louis Sognot in the late 1920s and brought technical knowledge of working in wood. Génisset had a talent for understanding the importance of the final presentation of a concept or project. This elm desk, with its practical boomerang shape and pliable treatment of hefty wood is a perfect encapsulation of Renou and Génisset’s special partnership. Reminiscent of works by Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Chapo, it has a special provenance – it came out of a modernist house in central France designed and built by Le Corbusier’s master builder.
In good vintage condition, minor age wear. Some patina around the base of the desk, see pictures.
H76.5 W240 D120cm