The Bibliothèque Mexique emphasizes industrial materials, clean lines, and free-form shape. Its pleasing rhythm of colored panels and open spaces made it an engaging addition to the dormitories in the Maison du Mexique, a specialty dorm for Mexican students at the Cité Universitaire in Paris. Within the bookshelf, wooden horizontal elements are separated by modular painted aluminum panels that slide back and forth to configure the various compartments.
Earlier in her career, Charlotte Perriand had worked with architects Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. As head of the “furniture equipment” division at Le Corbusier’s Parisian studio, Perriand introduced the machine age aesthetic to interiors, creating icons of 20th-century design. In the 1940s, Perriand spent six years in Asia, a period crucial to the development of her work. Her later forms and spaces were increasingly defined by the Japanese dynamics of “the void,” as evidenced by the compartments of the Bibliothèque.
I’m obsessed with this.
Beautiful things grow to a certain height and then they fail and fade off, breathing out memories as they decay.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald
There is one other book, that can teach you everything you need to know about life… it’s The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, but that’s not enough anymore.