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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Pierre Cardin, the inventor of "prêt-à-porter" whose graphically iconic
initials personify his signature style, is best known for fashion and accessory
design. However, he launched a unique furniture line during the 1970s that
transposed his sculptural approach to fashion into furniture design: futuristic
forms combined with traditional lacquer and cabinetmaking techniques and
revolutionary space-age designs featured metal and plastics.
Artistic director and catalyst, he challenged artists such as Serge Manzon,
Christian Adam, Maria Pergay, Giacomo Passera, Prevost, and Pacos to renew
contemporary French furniture design. Archival documents and newl commissioned
photography include rare designs produced in his Paris workshops or by Japanese
firm Yamada Shomei, such as his Space line that is the avant-garde symbol of
this emperor of 1970s style. Cardin actively participated in this timely
publication aimed at the burgeoning market for 1970s design.