Bookcase (room divider)

Cassina S.p.A.

Mexican bookshelf/ Nuage (1953), Charlotte Perriand

Charlotte Perriand (1903–1999) was a French architect and designer, mostly known for the furniture designs she created with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. Perriand believed that better design would help created a better society.

Her Mexican Bookshelf, designed for the Maison du Mexique at Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, is one of her best designs. This modular bookcase was falsely attributed to french designer Jean Prouvé, as it was produced by Prouvé’s Atelier Prouvé. In the days, Jean Prouvé’s name attracted higher bids at auctions, so Perriand’s name was almost erased from this design. Today, Perriand’s bookcase is in production again by Cassina, who markets it as the Nuage modular shelving system.

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