For the past few years, we have been adding objects of modern design to our holdings in modern art in both the Fogg and the Busch-Reisinger Museums. While the Busch-Reisinger has long collected design objects related to its Bauhaus holdings, the Fogg Museum has rarely collected modern design objects. In keeping with a new design initiative in the Harvard Design School, we are beginning to acquire modern design objects and furniture.
This installation includes a 1924 sideboard and a 1923 chair by the Dutch designer Gerrit Rietveld; a c. 1953 bookcase by the French designer Charlotte Perriand; and a c. 1935 chaise longue by the designer Jules Leleu, both produced by the architect Jean Prouvé. We are pleased to show a corner bookcase designed by Perriand, c. 1950, lent by a private collector. And as Prouvé and Perriand both worked closely with the architect Le Corbusier, we are showing a suite of student furniture designed by Le Corbusier himself, the architect of Harvard’s Carpenter Center.