ABOUT: Cansado bench designed by Charlotte Perriand in 1958, mahogany bench with steel frame & legs with newly upholstered seat cushions in Mohair Velvet by Thurstan. The bench itself was built for the city Cansado, a town built in the late 1950s by the Iron Mines Company of Mauritania to house its staff.
Produced by Steph Simon
Charlotte Perriand (1903 – 1999) was born in Paris and went onto study at the Ecole de l’Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs before working with Le Corbusier in 1927. Here, Perriand oversaw the prototype production and public presentations.
She would then collaborate with Le Corbusier’s cousin, Pierre Jeanneret and design a series of tubular steel chairs. In 1940, she travelled to Japan as an official advisor on Industrial Design before she found herself in Vietnam during the war and from 1942 until 1946, she learnt to work with straw and bamboo, materials she would continue to use in a modern way.