Enea presents Charlotte Perriand’s new Les Arcs Collection during Zurich Design Weeks, August 31 – September 19.
In collaboration with cc-tapis, Enea’s ‘Outside In’ store to exhibit a newly launched collection of rugs designed by the legendary French architect for Les Arcs but never before produced.
Dates: August 31 – September 19, 2023
Venue: Enea Outside In
Gessnerhof Usteristrasse 14 8001, Zurich
+41 (0) 43 299 99 66
Tuesday – Friday: 10h – 19h
Saturday: 10h – 17h
Enea is proud to participate for the first time in Zurich Design Weeks this year (August 31 – September 19). As part of the annual event, the Enea ‘Outside In’ store in the heart of Zurich will present an exhibition of the new Les Arcs Collection by the celebrated French architect and designer Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999). Produced for the first time by cctapis in 2023, this collection of hand-knotted rugs includes five designs available in three sizes and is made Nepal by Tibetan artisans. The rugs will be hung from the ceiling and the walls in an exhibition that spreads throughout Enea’s historic townhouse space.
Charlotte Perriand originally designed the collection in 1972 for Les Arcs ski station in the French Alps, a project the influential designer worked on for 20 years, designing both the exterior and interior architecture. While designing Les Arcs 1600, the first of many buildings in the ski complex, Perriand intended to include textile panels in the interiors, but due to budget constraints they were never realized. After more than 50 years, cc-tapis worked closely with Pernette Perriand Barsac and Jacques Barsac, custodians of the Charlotte Perriand archive, to give life to the designs which had never been produced before.
For this collection color was the main theme, from which cc-tapis had the challenge of reproducing the palette created by Perriand. Twelve shades she affectionately detailed and named with labels such as Antilope (antelope), Abeille (bee) and Acanthe (ancanthus plant). Each color, excluding Noir (black) and Blanc (white), was dyed by hand with an abrash dying technique which gives the rugs their depth and movement, matching Perriand’s sketches as closely as possible.
Enzo Enea comments:
We are thrilled to be the first in Switzerland to show these rugs, whose colours connect to the natural world that is our constant inspiration. At Les Arcs, Charlotte Perriand designed interiors and exteriors, so this newly launched, hand-crafted collection has a strong affinity with Enea’s ‘Outside In’ ethos – our belief in connecting indoors and outdoors in everything we do – both interior design and landscape architecture.
With the theme TRANSITION, the second edition of Zurich Design Weeks is dedicated to a world in transition. During this annual event, ateliers and stores open their doors, established brands present their new innovations and designers give an insight into their work. Over a period of three weeks, Switzerland’s largest design festival invites you to visit various exhibitions and workshops, to join in discussions or to go on a design tour through the city.