The typical university dorm room is going under the spotlight at this year's Design Miami, with a retrospective featuring original pieces from architects Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier.
"La Chambre Universitaire" will feature the three reconstructed units of Prouvé's dormitory room of the 'Cité Universitaire Monbois', Nancy (1932) and of the 'Cité Universitaire Jean Zay', Antony (1954) and Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand's dormitory room of the Brazil House at the 'Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris' (1956).
Cité Universitaire Monbois was an accommodation complex, including 70 rooms with inexpensive and easy-to-clean interiors designed by Prouvé. Each room included a bed, with or without headboard, a desk and chair, an armchair and a shelf, and featured the almost exclusive use of red metal plates and tubular steel.
Built by architect Eugène Beaudouin in 1954, the 'Cité Universitaire Jean Zay' comprised lodgings, three swimming pools, two restaurants, three lecture halls, a theater, a library, a nursery school, two day nurseries, an infirmary, a social care center and shops. Prouvé furnished the halls, the restaurants and 148 individual rooms.
The Brazil House at Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris was built between 1929-1969 to accommodate students from the entire world. Le Corbusier worked with architect Lucio Costa on a 100-room residence, a theatre, a library and a meeting room.
With the help of Charlotte Perriand, he also furnished the individual rooms in the student residence, with the aesthetic based on stern, clear lines, softened by splashes of color.
"La Chambre Universitaire" will be on show December 3-7 by Galerie Patrick Seguin at Design Miami.