The radically simple work of the outstanding architect and designer continues to produce impressive scores, as witness three iconic pieces in this sale.
Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999), pair of "Berger" stools in solid wood, edited by Steph Simon, h. 28, dia. 33 cm/11 and 13 in.
Analyzed in La Gazette (No. 4), this trio in solid wood, with its revisited rustic lines, once again appealed to lovers of 1950s furniture. Firstly, it took €30,000 to land the famous coffee table with its four black lacquered folded metal legs (37 x 142 x 53 cm/14.5 x 55.9 x 20.8 in), then €18,000 for two "Berger" stools, which tripled their high estimate.
Charlotte Perriand dreamed these up in 1953 (h. 28, dia. 33 cm/11 and 13 in). As they were designed to furnish the apartments of a ski resort, they were originally called "Méribel". The low "Berger" version was inspired by the seats used in Savoy for milking or for shepherds to rest on. Naturally, in the 1960s and 1970s, they could be bought in Steph Simon's Paris gallery, a showcase for the creations of the grand lady of 20th-century design.