A “severe” metal cupboard, revolving on its square base: its shape stems from the interior layout of the Fondation Cartier offices, particularly as the translucent glass walls required them to be free-standing. The idea was to be able to circulate around these Totems, which revolve on their bases. A Dual storage space can be accessed from two opposite sides thanks to the door’s rotation mechanism.
This is the first edition of the design, manufactured by Unifor, the TOTEM is no longer in production. The last photo shows a later version of the TOTEM used as a wardrobe in the Y’s Yohji Yamamoto boutique at the Paris Design Week.