André ARBUS

1951

André Arbus, 1903 – 1969

France

Planier lighthouse is an architectural masterwork designed by André Arbus in collaboration with André Crillon; it was built between 1947 and 1951 on a rocky islet in the open sea due south of the port of Marseilles.

It is a huge Doric column in white Cassis stone, crowned by a platform on which sits the luminous cupola. Around its base, the annexes for technical services and lodgings for keepers and prestige visitors are reminiscent of the Salines de Chaux at Arc et Senans, the emblematic late 18th c. ‘manufactory’ designed by Claude-Nicolas Ledoux.

A fine example of neo-classic style, appearing as it did mid-20th century the lighthouse was something of a throw-back. Neo-classicism had come back into favour with Art déco, but was confined mainly to interior design and furniture, from the late 1930s to the early 50s. Among the few rare works of architecture in neo-classic style from the same period that rank with Planier lighthouse are those designed by Emilio Terry: a townhouse at Boulogne-Billancourt and interiors at the Château de Groussay, for Carlos de Besteigui.

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Furnishings in solid natural oak simply brushed and waxed, with rigorous, austere lines were specially designed for the six rooms for prestige visitors. Each one was fitted out with a chest of drawers, a wardrobe, a double bed, a flat desk and a chair. The director’s office featured a large flat desk with four heavy legs. The dining room was laid out around a large monastery-style table (not recovered) with chairs and buffet as well as a sideboard in stone.

Certain pieces from the fit-out were later used for furnishing the Manoir L.H. in Normandy, to which were notably added the lamps, sofa stools and screen in the same style shown here.

Bibliography:
Yvonne Brunhammer, André Arbus, Architecte-Décorateur des années 40, éditions Norma, 1996

Maquette of Planier lighthouse built in collaboration with André Crillon 1947 to 1951.

FURNISHINGS FOR PLANIER LIGHTHOUSE

1951

Flat desk in solid oak and veneer. Natural colour finish, brushed and waxed. Two drawers in belt array with brass ring grips. Four heavy square-section legs mounted two-by-two on base ties.
74 x 127,5 x 65,5 cm.

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© C. Baraja – E. Touchaleaume. Archives Galerie 54, Paris.

FURNISHINGS FOR PLANIER LIGHTHOUSE

1951

Flat desk (a pair) in solid oak and veneer. Natural colour finish, brushed and waxed. Two drawers in belt array with brass ring grips. Four tapered round legs.
74,5 x 107,5 x 64,5 cm.

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© C. Baraja – E. Touchaleaume. Archives Galerie 54, Paris.

FURNISHINGS FOR PLANIER LIGHTHOUSE

1951

Chest of drawers (a pair) in solid oak and veneer. Natural colour finish, brushed and waxed. Three drawers with brass ring grips. Side plinths in ‘boat’ style.
84,6 x 130 x 46 cm.

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© C. Baraja – E. Touchaleaume. Archives Galerie 54, Paris.

FURNISHINGS FOR PLANIER LIGHTHOUSE

1951

Wardrobe (a pair) in solid oak and veneer. Natural colour finish, brushed and waxed. Two full-size doors with mouldings and brass ring grips. Side plinths in ‘boat’ style.

181 x 150 x 49,5 cm.

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FURNISHINGS FOR PLANIER LIGHTHOUSE

1951

Double bed.  in solid oak and veneer. Natural colour finish, brushed and waxed.
150 x 200 cm

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FURNISHINGS FOR PLANIER LIGHTHOUSE

1951

Chair in solid oak with woven seat. Natural colour finish, brushed and waxed.
101,5 x 49 x 51 cm

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FURNISHINGS FOR PLANIER LIGHTHOUSE

1951

Buffet in solid oak and veneer. Natural colour finish, brushed and waxed. Two doors with brass ring grips opening to four drawers in centre with sets of shelves to each side.
91,5 x 179,5 x 40,5 cm

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FURNISHINGS FOR PLANIER LIGHTHOUSE

1951

Sideboard in Cassis stone with single leg and two shelves, designed to be mounted perpendicular to wall. One-off piece built for dining room of Planier lighthouse.
46 x 130 x 97 cm.

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FURNISHINGS FOR PLANIER LIGHTHOUSE

1951

Sofa stools (a pair) in solid oak and veneer. Natural colour finish, brushed and waxed. Square plateau with belt strip. Four tapered square legs.
Provenance: Manoir L.H. in Normandy.
43 x 38,5 x 38,5 cm.

AVAILABLE
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© C. Baraja – E. Touchaleaume. Archives Galerie 54, Paris.

FURNISHINGS FOR PLANIER LIGHTHOUSE

1951

Lamp (a pair) in solid oak. Natural colour finish, brushed and waxed. Tapered round column on quadrangular base. Shade in parchment paper.
Provenance: Manoir L.H. in Normandy.
H. 53 cm.

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© C. Baraja – E. Touchaleaume. Archives Galerie 54, Paris.

FURNISHINGS FOR PLANIER LIGHTHOUSE

1951

Screen (shown with wardrobe, chest of drawers, both types of desk, pair of sofa stools, one chair, one lamp). Fabric stretched on four articulated solid oak frames. Natural colour finish, brushed and waxed.
Provenance: Manoir L.H. in Normandy.
201 x 70 x 5 cm

AVAILABLE
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