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Art Basel Miami: Charlotte Perriand Beach House

I 1927, Le Corbusier invited French architect and designer Charlotte Perriand, when she was just 24, to join his studio. In 1931, Charlotte Perriand began to exhibit under her own name, designing buildings, interiors, furniture, and lighting. Even if you do not recognize her name, you know her work—among the most successful pieces she designed in collaboration with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, are the the LC4 Chaise Longue and the LC3 Armchair, both produced by Cassina. She also co-designed the Prouvé Potence Lamp, a style that is incredibly popular right now.

I went to Art Basel Miami for the first time yesterday, with my friend Deb, who is an architect with a minimalist, modernist aesthetic. Unsurprisingly,  Charlotte Perriand’s beach house topped her list. Designed in 1934 as a competition entry for the French magazine Architecture Today, the modernist house was intended as a prefabricated, budget-conscious vacation home suitable for mass production. Perriand won second prize; the homes were never put into production.

Fashion design house Louis Vuitton worked with Perriand’s daughter, Pernette Perriand-Barsac, to construct a prototype according to the original plans, complete with furnishings. It is erected behind The Raleigh Hotel (a quintessential Miami Deco boutique hotel), so we made our way through the lobby, out past the pool, and through a little opening in the back hedge, where a media garden party was in progress. (And yes, we helped ourselves to grilled lobster.) The little structure was just beyond that, almost on the edge of the beach. 

The design is so minimal, yet thoroughly functional. The wood is so satisfying to the touch and to the eye, very smooth. We glided around in awe. Here are my photos. The first one is an official image, courtesy of Louis Vuitton, which provides a good overall perspective.

Louis Vuitton Beach House Art Basel Miami

Looking at the house straight on. We entered from the back. The center is an open air, courtyard-like type of space, with a canvas awning overhead.

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We entered up this ramp, barefoot.

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A wood feature wall with simple shelves holds natural objects from the sea.

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When you first walk in, the kitchen is to the left, then the dining area and a sitting area. This is the view from the kitchen.

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A closer up shot of the built in table and banquette.

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The divider between the banquette and the sitting area.

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And a space to lounge, with a cowhide rug. And the coolest lighting. I also love the way the square window opens.

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 There’s sliding doors the lounge area side of the divider, for storage.

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Standing in the sitting area, looking back towards the kitchen.

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 The back wall of the structure.

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 The sink and counter are stainless steel. That taller divider is topped with slate. Love the plywood walls!

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 Open shelving for dishware; just enough for a weekend.

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Stepping back into the courtyard.

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There’s a low, Japanese-style table in the middle of the courtyard space. The stools are made from tree stumps.

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Towards the front of the courtyard, under the awning portion, are two low lounge chairs, overlooking a glass railing.

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 Looking onto the little party, towards the hotel.

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 This is the front room along the right side of the house. A little bedroom with a desk.

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Another little room, with storage and green pocket door, leads to the bathroom. The toilet is behind the red pocket door.

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The open wood slat floors in the bathroom gives it a very beachy feel.

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Clad completely in stainless steel. Mod red medicine chest.

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 All the greenery out the windows is great.

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Charlotte Perriand

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Charlotte Perriand : Objects and Furniture Design

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I’m headed back to Miami now. More on Monday!

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Montage: 38 Modern Houses with Black Exteriors

All black ensembles aren’t the only ultra dark looks I’m obsessed with these days. I’ve also been noticing tons of contemporary residences with exteriors clad in, painted, and in some cases weathered (I think) to the darkest black. I’m especially attracted to the homes with strikingly simple silhouettes, almost rustic, but made modern by their overall blackness. Here’s a collection of 38 such architectural examples. Do you have any favorites here? Would you want to live in one? I think I remember reading in Architectural Digest that Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan’s Hamptons house is painted black, and the neighbors complained.

PS-Arkitecktur-Fjallhus- Sweden

PS Arkitecktur

Mutsue-Hayakusa-Cell-Space-Architects Nagano-Japan

Cell Space Architects

sara barner- nordic times

via Sara Barner

Photo-Göran-Uhlin-Prefab-Pavilion-65-Pavilion-Living

Prefab Pavilion 65 by Pavilion Living
Photography by Göran Uhlin

OH-House-by-Atelier-TEKUTO

 OH House by Atelier TEKUTO

Piet-Boon-boathouse

Boathouse by Piet Boon

photo-zwei-kleine-Häuser-architekturbüro-scheder

Zwei Kleine House by Architekturbüro Scheder

Yoshihiro-Yamamoto-Architect-Atelier

Niu House by Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architect Atelier

Tham-&-Videgård-Hansson-Arkitekter-photo-Ake-E'son-Lindman

Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
Photography by Ake E’son Lindman

Ralph-Germann-black-exterior

Ralph Germann Architects Atelier

House-BD-photo-frederick-vercruysse

Photography by Frederick Vercruysse

Form-&-Forest-Cabin

Prefab cabin by Form & Forest

Mole-Architects-Black-House-Prickwillow

Mole Architects

Minihouse-by-architect-Jonas-Wagell-and-Sommarnojen

Mini House by  Jonas Wagell and Sommarnojen

Lujan-House-in-Ocean-View-by-Robert-M.-Gurney-FAIA

Lujan House by Robert M. Gurney Architect

Loosdrecht-Lake-House-by-2by4-Architects

Loosdrecht Lake House by 2by4 Architects

Kanagawa-Prefecture-Japan-by-THREE-BALL-CASCADE

THREE.BALL.CASCADE Architects

Dove-House-by-Gundry-&-Ducker

Dove House by Gundry & Ducker

Black-Rubber-Beach-House-Kent-Simon-Conder

Black Rubber Beach House by Simon Conder Associates

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Black Pearl by Studio Rolf.fr

black-exterior-XTEN-Architecture

XTEN Architecture

House-DS-GRAUX-&-BAEYENS-architect

 House DS by Graux & Baeyens

Designed-by-Marc-Koehler

Marc Koehler Architects

cooper-joseph-studio

CLF House by Estudio BaBO

Casa-Negra-Buenos-Aires-Remy-Architects

Casa Negra by Andres Remy Arquitectos

Archipelago-House-Tham-&-Videgård-Arkitekter

Archipelago House by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

architects-Atelier Kastelic-Buffey

 Atelier Kastelic Buffey

House Morran : Johannes Norlander Arkitektur

House Morran by Johannes Norlander Arkitektur

black-cabin-large-window-RUM-Magazine

RUM Magazine

Smiljan-Radic-Photography-Gonzalo-Puga

Mestizo Restaurant by Smiljan Radic
Photography by Gonzalo Puga

prefab-cabin-builder-Kenjo

prefab cabin by Kenjo

Larraz-Arquitectos-photographer-Iñaki-Bergera

Javier Larraz Arquitectos
Photographed by Iñaki Bergera

Spore-Design

Spore Architecture

Doll-House-with-Qbiss-by-trimo-modular

Doll House with Qbiss by Trimo Modular Space Solutions

Country Estate - New Canaan, United States - 2010 - Roger Ferris +

Roger Ferris + Partners

corpo-santo-house-rui-cerqueira-barros

Corpo Santo House by Rui Cerqueira Barross

casa-arco-residence-by-pezo-von-ellrichshausen

Casa Arco by Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects

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Bo Bedre

 

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