Collection by Amanda Dameron

Salone 2012: Charlotte Perriand's Mountain Prefab


For the first time ever, Cassina has constructed a prefab mountain dwelling conceived by Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret from the drawings the pair created in 1938.

Located amidst the sprawing Design Village at Poltrona Frau's space in Milan is a curious dodecahedron structure with aluminum paneling and a decidedly starship-playhouse quality. It's called the Refuge Tonneau, and it was first conceived by Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret in 1938. Until now the refuge has existed only in drawings and plans, but this year Cassina, working closely with Perriand's daughter (and former assistant) Pernette Perriand-Barsac, decided to make the sketches a reality.

The structure occupied an area of the Design Village within the space of Poltrona Frau, which is celebrating its 100th ...
The two-story structure is clad in aluminum panels; Perriand was interested in creating a lightweight prefab structure...
The two-story structure's interior is clad in pine.
The heater occupies a central pillar, and Perriand made the most of every inch by designing furniture to fit neatly...
The "kitchen" is comprised of a stainless-steel worktop, a steel basin for melting snow, containers for staples, and a...
Pernette Perriand-Barsac, Charlotte's daughter and her personal assistant for over twenty years, hand-selected items...
Perriand-Barsac also shared correspondence, maps, and other ephemera from her mother's archives.
Perriand conceived the dodecahedron structure to be lightweight but able to withstand windy and steep conditions.
Upstairs, round apertures frame views of the outdoors, while more beds surround the ladder.
Perriand was reportedly inspired by a photograph of a children's fairground ride in Croatia.