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CHARLOTTE PERRIAND (1903-1999)

Born in 1903, Charlotte Perriand exudes the optimism and energy of the 20th century in her life and her work. As a young designer in the studio of Le Corbusier, Perriand absorbed the values integral to his architecture for modern living: a commitment to function, a focus on simple harmonies of form and color, and a joyous embrace of technology. Bending machine-age materials like steel and aluminum into her iconic Chaise Longue and luxurious Fauteuil Confort; Perriand created above all design for living. In Perriand's world, life is lived through design; and good design allows freedom of movement and harmony of the spirit with the environment. Her many designs for storage units, free-form desks and pre-fabricated houses seem whimsical at first; though they stem from her participation in utopian planning movements of the early 20th century. Each design has a positive role to play in daily life: streamlining work, facilitating order, and fostering independence or community as the situation demands. While Perriand celebrated the role of technology in modern living; her enthusiasm was inflected by an abiding interest in the natural world. Her dwellings are optimized for sunlight on a summer morning or cooling breezes in the afternoon. An avid outdoorswoman and traveler, Perriand often searched for design solutions in the materials and craft traditions of the regions where she worked; an approach enriched by her travels to Japan and Indochina during the forties. Isolated from European technology by world war; she turned to paper, bamboo and ceramics, reassessing her work in light of the serene minimalism of Japanese aesthetics. Accordingly, Perriand's interiors are never simply rooms filled with objects. They are spaces full of light and air where work and play are carried on in accordance with the rhythms of the life and nature.

Charlotte Perriand & Jean Prouvé
Charlotte Perriand & Jean Prouvé
"Afrique" room divider, circa 1950-52
Charlotte Perriand
Charlotte Perriand
Dining table, circa 1950
Charlotte Perriand
Charlotte Perriand
Console for Maison de la Tunisie, Paris, circa 1950 SOLD
Charlotte Perriand
Charlotte Perriand
"Table a gorge" dining table, circa 1950
Charlotte Perriand
Charlotte Perriand
Dining table, circa 1950
Charlotte Perriand
Charlotte Perriand
Dining table, Edition Steph Simon, circa 1960
Charlotte Perriand
Charlotte Perriand
"Soleil" adjustable table, circa 1970
Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret & Charlotte Perriand
Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret & Charlotte Perriand
"B307" table for Chez Soi, circa 1930
Charlotte Perriand
Charlotte Perriand
Coffee table, circa 1950 SOLD
Charlotte Perriand
Charlotte Perriand
Coffee table, " Equipement de la maison et B.C.B." edition, circa 1945 SOLD
Attributed to Charlotte Perriand
Attributed to Charlotte Perriand
Pair of armchairs, circa 1960
Charlotte Perriand
Charlotte Perriand
Armchair, circa 1950
Charlotte Perriand
Charlotte Perriand
Low stool, circa 1950 SOLD
Charlotte Perriand
Charlotte Perriand
Set of 4 "Meribel" chairs, circa 1950
Charlotte Perriand
Charlotte Perriand
Set of 6 "Meribel" chairs, circa 1950
Charlotte Perriand
Charlotte Perriand
Bench, circa 1950 SOLD
Charlotte Perriand
Charlotte Perriand
Pair of black CP1 sconces, circa 1950
Charlotte Perriand
Charlotte Perriand
Coatrack, 1967
Charlotte Perriand
Charlotte Perriand
"Nuage" wall shelving, 1956
Charlotte Perriand
Charlotte Perriand
"Nuage" wall shelving, circa 1950 SOLD
Charlotte Perriand
Charlotte Perriand
Charlotte Perriand's dining table, circa 1953 SOLD
Charlotte Perriand & Pierre Jeanneret
Charlotte Perriand & Pierre Jeanneret
Bookcase Edition "L'Equipement de la Maison", circa 1947 SOLD
Charlotte Perriand
Charlotte Perriand
Bookshelf, circa 1950 SOLD
Charlotte Perriand & Pierre Jeanneret
Charlotte Perriand & Pierre Jeanneret
Sideboard, Equipement de la Maison, 1947
Alicia Penalba
Alicia Penalba
Print, 1980
Le Corbusier and His Associates
Le Corbusier and His Associates
May 1 – June 7, 2019
FOG Design+Art
FOG Design+Art
January 14 – 18, 2015
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