The headquarters of the Fondation Cartier in Paris presents itself as a dematerialized work of architecture, completely immersed in the green of the historic garden with its famous Tree of Liberty, a Lebanese cedar planted by Chateaubriand nearly two centuries ago. The building, conceived as a simple glass box supported by a slender steel frame, abuts Boulevard Raspail with an evocative sequence of transparent facades, arranged like parallel screens to define the garden and the nine-floor structure, which comprises a large glazed volume for the exhibition spaces and offices on the upper floors. The immaterial lightness of the architecture repeats itself at the interiors, where the Less furniture pieces, expressly designed by Jean Nouvel for this project and later produced in series by UniFor, create an unprecedented landscape for the contemporary work environment. The simple and functional design of the tables, workstations and containers take form in solid metal structures, defined by simple volumes, clean lines, smooth surfaces and compact footprints.
Less Desk tables and conference tables, drawer pedestals and rotating double-sided cabinets.
Executive offices: 10.
Events | 2019.09.06
New Opening - UniFor Showroom Paris
On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, UniFor is restoring and renewing the historic showroom of its French branch, designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa in 1979. The newly renovated spaces has been inaugurated during Paris Design Week, in celebration of both UniFor’s first 50 years - the history of which is illustrated in a prestigious book published by Skira, “UniFor. A Commitment to Architecture” - and its 40 years on the French market at its historic and prestigious Paris location on Rue des Saint-Peres. It was 1978 when the Molteni family founded UniFor France and entrusted Afra and Tobia Scarpa with the task of transforming the former residential apartment at 6 Rue des Saints-Pères into spaces suitable for receiving its clients and presenting the UniFor collection. The showroom was launched the following year. The renovation project, overseen by the architect Simone Agresta, leaves Afra and Tobia Scarpa's original project intact while reinterpreting the spaces in a modern key