CHARLOTTE PERRIAND

1903-1999
France

« The main subject was Man, and not the object itself. »

• Charlotte Perriand •

Charlotte Perriand is one of the most important figures of Modernity in the 20th century, in both architecture and design fields. Worldwide known and recognized for her furniture, her creations are widely iconic : from her freeform tables to her « Clouds » libraries, all her work was inspired by nature.
After graduated of the prestigious school of « Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs » in 1925, she sets up her workshop in Saint-Sulpice in Paris (France) before joining the agency of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret where she creates tubular metal furniture now famous like the B306 lounge chair (now LC4) or the LC7 swivel chair.

The noteworthy « bar sous les toits » of his Parisian apartment launches his personal career and puts her in the spotlight. Her repeated participations in the « Salon des Artistes Décorateurs » do her fame. She is one of the founding member of the « Union des Artistes Modernes », UAM, an emblematic movement of the 20th century. She is a famous representative of it, she defends a human and functional dimension of furniture in line with function.

Her trip to Japan was a real turning point in her life and career : thanks to her friend Junzo Sakakura whom she had met at Le Corbusier workshop, she was invited as a cultural advisor by the Ministry of Commerce. She discovers Japanese culture and the traditions : the work of wood and bamboo, the simplicity and the purity of design. The impact on Charlotte Perriand is huge : she brings back a true lifestyle, a rough art where nature is omnipresent, an art, pure, between industry and tradition.
All the hype Parisian upper class comes to the very famous Steph Simon, the gallery whom represents Charlotte Perriand : her work is attached to essential form and volumes, and makes a splash. The human being is the center of the vision of Charlotte Perriand : the attention she pays to the social dimension is the great strength of her art. She works with l’« Équipement de la Maison » for the greatest number, she designs large complexes for winter sports (Les Arcs), she participates in the conception of housing as the Cité Universitaire in Paris (the « Maison du Mexique » and the « Maison de la Tunisie » libraries). His powerful art is perfectly recognizable and still irrigates a whole generation of designers today.

The history of design puts her aside – like many (all) women – and the notoriety of Le Corbusier and Jean Prouvé puts her in the shadows, but her work is nevertheless capital. The work of Jacques Barsac and the exhibitions, like the last one at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris in 2019, finally underlines her genius, her inventiveness and the beauty of his creations. Living with Charlotte Perriand’s furniture wraps yourself in her world, a world where quality of life is paramount, where the simple beauty of the forms is supreme •

CATALOG :

Ombre Chair

CHARLOTTE PERRIAND1990

Ombre Chair

CHARLOTTE PERRIAND1990

Berger stools

CHARLOTTE PERRIAND1956

Berger stool

CHARLOTTE PERRIAND1956

Cansado sideboard

CHARLOTTE PERRIAND1958

Black CP1 wall lamps

CHARLOTTE PERRIAND1963

Black double CP1 wall lamps

CHARLOTTE PERRIAND1963

Red CP1 wall lamps

CHARLOTTE PERRIAND1963

Cansado daybed

CHARLOTTE PERRIAND1958

Sandoz stool

CHARLOTTE PERRIAND1962

Berger stools

CHARLOTTE PERRIAND1956

Sandoz stools

CHARLOTTE PERRIAND1962

Pair of Berger stools

CHARLOTTE PERRIAND1956

Massue stool

CHARLOTTE PERRIAND1966