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Cassina shares its passion with Louis Vuitton for Charlotte Perriand and launches a limited edition (1000 pieces) of the evocative LC4 chaise-longue designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand to honour this pioneering architect.
The inspiration of this innovative tribute piece dates back to the then controversial - now renowned - photo of Charlotte Perriand relaxing on one of the first models of the chaise-longue with a self-supporting mattress attached directly to the frame. Considered as the ultimate ‘relaxing machine’ this object has always been special for Charlotte Perriand as it perfectly reflects her idea of functional furniture which caters to the natural human form to create maximum comfort.
The LC4 CP is highly innovative thanks to the workmanship of the self-supporting mattress which has been developed using Louis Vuitton’s expertise in saddlery craftsmanship: the natural cow hide leather supplied by Louis Vuitton’s tannery is attached directly to the structure, and the contrasting dark brown saddleleather has been applied for the foot and headrest. Characteristic Louis Vuitton details can be particularly recognised in the yellow stitching of the natural saddle leather and the elegant leather headrest straps which recall the workmanship of the Louis Vuitton signature handbags.
Each basalt coloured base carries the dedication“Hommage de Cassina à Charlotte Perriand à l’occasion de la Collection Icônes 2014 de Louis Vuitton” and is authenticated with the progressive limited edition production number. The authors’ signatures along with the Cassina I Maestri logo are engraved, as always, on the structure to underline that Cassina is the only authorised company to manufacture furniture designed by Charlotte Perriand. This distinctive design icon is available at premium Cassina boutiques around the world.
Louis Vuitton has chosen Charlotte Perriand’s non-conformist style as inspiration for the 2014 Spring /Summer 2014 and Fall/ Winter 2014-2015 Icônes Collections. Her passion for travelling, photography, architecture and design led her to create visionary designs with a refined minimalism which are reflected in the style of Louis Vuitton’s collections currently being launched in stores around the world where Charlotte Perriand’s furniture by Cassina is also protagonist of the window displays.