Two-seater sofa with wooden frame, upholstered with polyurethane foam and covered with velvet in two different colours.
This highly sophisticadet sofa was used by Alberto Cavalcanti in his interior set for the firm "L'Inhumaine" (1923) of Marcel L'Herbier. This film, which has been described as a "futurist carnival", apparead in the same year as the German "Metropolis" and the Russian "Aelita" and was a collaborative effort of some of the most important figures of the emerging modern movement (Mallet-Stevens, Fernand Leger, Puiforcat, Lalique, Claude Autant-Lara, Darius Milhaud). In 1925 it was used by Mallet-Stevens in his set for another film of L'Herbier, "Le Vertige". Chareau placed two of these sofas in the Living Room of his celebrated Maison de Verre (1928-1932). They were originally produced in velvet with a contrasting seat and back covered in either leather or tapestry. In the Maison the Verre the sofas have tapestry seats and backs based on a design by Jean Lurcat.
This sofa was clearly designed to be used as a kind of double chaise longue. Because of the contoured ends, two persons tend to face each other, facilitating conversation. It is obviously a direct descendant of the mid-eighteenth century French " canapé" à confident".
Height: 71 cm (27,9")
Seat height: 42 cm (16,5")
Width: 194 cm (76,4")
Depth: 82 cm (32,2")