The House first designed a clothes collection, an ephemeral reflec- tion of Perriand’s desires, and is now producing “La Maison au Bord de l’eau” for the 2013 Miami art week. This never-before- released work by the architect will be on display in south Beach December 3-8, 2013. This legendary, yet never executed, project is now a reality.
“La Maison au Bord de l’eau”, first conceived in 1934 for a design contest held by “L’architecture d’aujourd’hui” magazine, was meant to introduce an economical form of holiday lodging for the mass market. This project won second prize, but was never built.
Charlotte Perriand later reworked the idea into several variations for wealthier vacationers. The fact that the project was never executed explains the lack of detailed drawings and the great variety of versions found in sketches.
Now, eight decades later, Charlotte Perriand’s studies prove quite contemporary in light of the advancements in wooden architecture. Though a certain degree of adaptation was necessary to translate the original drawings and notes into a tangible structure, the spirit of the designer was respected to the fullest.
Reconstruction by Louis Vuitton during Art Basel Miami in 2013 and Milan Design Week in 2015.