Le Refuge Tonneau

May 28, 2012 • Design

my job takes me to the coolest places. last week i went to brussels to discover the refuge tonneau as it was conceived by charlotte perriand and built by cassina, hiding in back garden of the italian brand’s headquarters on avenue louise. charlotte’s daughter pernette and her husband jacques barsac were there to tell me the story behind the design – charlotte loved to trek in the mountains and wanted to build these kinds of ‘refuges’ in remote places so they could offer shelter to people like her.

i absolutely loved the little cabane and could totally see myself camping out in one with some friends. though incredibly small, it’s designed in such an efficient way it feels strangely comfortable and spacious. and it feels so contemporary, i would never have believed its design was first put to paper in 1938!


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