There is something about this house, the simplicity of it's design and the story behind it, that we felt compelled to share (just in case you haven't come across it before).
It was originally designed 80 years ago - and as all good architecture and design should aim for, looks timeless and relevant today.
The house 'La Maison au Bord de L'Eau' (House beside the water) was conceived by the modernist designer Charlotte Perriand, in 1934 for a competition in a French architecture publication, to design cost effective holiday digs. She won second prize, but the house was never actually built in it's exact true original form.
Charlotte Perriand (1903 - 1999) was an exceptional woman - she became from a relatively early age, one of the most influential modernist furniture designers, working first with Le Corbusier in the late 1920's and 30's (responsible for the B306 Corbusier Chaise Longue among other things) and then with the artist Ferdinand Leger, and the furniture designer Jean Prouvé. As a woman in a largely male world, she really made her mark.
So how did the house finally become reality?
Well fast forward 78 years, and Julie de Libran (Womenswear Director for Louis Vuitton) was researching the archives seeking inspiration for her spring/summer 2014 Icons Collection. She found it via Perriand's pared back style and multi-functional modernity, and before long, the Fashion House decided to go one step further and build the house in time for the 2013 Design Miami.
The house reflects the modernist principles of it's designer and her tutor Le Corbusier, with a free floor plan including sliding doors and hard-working inclusions (shelves under tables to store napkins etc). This enabled the clarity of the materials to be fore-most without any unnecessary adornment. Charlotte's daughter Pernette commented that her mother's mission "was to eliminate anything unnecessary but always to concentrate on the flow of light and air. Then you can live in the smallest of spaces".
The house which seems so contemporary today, was perhaps just a bit too-forward thinking for the time, and may explain why it was only built after being re-worked and tweaked.
However, thank goodness for those talented creatives (like Charlotte Perriand) who continue to push the boundaries and take us out of our comfort zone by designing not just what we think we need at the time, but design for what we haven't yet conceived we need for the long term.