Portfolio Naples February 2017 - Page 76

The second-floor balcony of the house that Pierre Chareau designed for Robert Motherwell in East Hampton, New York, 1947. Photograph by Judith Turner. Photo courtesy of Miguel Saco Furniture and Restoration, Inc., New York facets of his creative life are part of a single vi- sion explored in the exhibition. Pierre Chareau rose from modest begin- nings in Bordeaux to become one of the most sought after designers in France. Creating custom furniture and interiors for a distin- guished clientele that included leading fig- ures of the French-Jewish intelligentsia, Opposite page; Pierre Chareau (French, 1883-1950) and Bernard Bijvoet (Dutch, 1889-1979), Maison de Verre, 1928-1932. Photograph © Mark Lyon Chareau balanced the opulence of traditional French decorative arts with interior designs that were elegant, functional, and in sync with the requirements of modern life. His in- novative furniture, veneered in rare woods, with occasional touches of exotic materials, had clean profiles and movable parts that ap- pealed to the progressive sensibilities of the haute bourgeoisie. Architecture, however, was Chareau’s great ambition. Although he produced only a hand- ful of buildings, the Maison de Verre, de- signed with the Dutch architect Bernard The house designed for Robert Motherwell, by Pierre Chareau in 1947. Courtesy of Barney Rosset Estate Folding chair (MC763), 1927, designed by Pierre Chareau, metal and paint, 29 1⁄2 × 31 1⁄2 × 14 1⁄8 in. (75 × 80 × 36 cm). Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre de Creation Industrielle. Paris. [Anonymous] gift in 2008. Photo- graph by Bertrand Prévost, image provided by CNAC / MNAM / Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, New York 74 PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE