Cassina has developed the first full reconstruction of the Refuge Tonneau designed by Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret in 1938 in its space at the Design Village during the Salone del Mobile.
Charlotte Perriand, a great lover of the mountains, had already envisaged a prototype of a mobile mountain refuge in 1936. Two years later, together with Pierre Jeanneret, she developed a unique and advanced model of the Refuge Tonneau. Her bizarre source of inspiration was a children’s fairground ride photographed in Croatia. The idea from this light and itinerant structure was the metal frame consisting of a central pole and a top reminiscent of a large umbrella with twelve spokes.
Exterior of Refuge Tonneau :
The model by Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret 1938
The framework of this compact space shuttle -shelter is made from industrial materials, such as aluminium for the panels, chosen for its lightness, which are easy to assemble and disassemble. The round ports and the volumes recall the aeronautic world. The shape is designed so as not to resist the wind. The piles provide stability even on the most uneven and steep terrain. The interior of the shelter is made from pinewood which, despite its minimalism, gives the ambience a natural and welcoming feel.