Charlotte Forever: Charlotte Perriand In 20 Emblematic Pieces
Without a doubt the woman who best embodies the transition of interior design in the second half of the 20th century, Charlotte Perriand’s designs – along with her close working relationships with such architectural masters as Le Cortusier and Jean Prouvé – have earnt her an integral role in the history of modern design. Articurial has gathered 20, carefully selected lots to best showcase the designer’s talent at this year’s FIAC.
Take a look through our favourites ahead of the auction on October 24 2017 in Pairs, at Articurial.
The only woman in the “French Masters”, Perriand was one of very few women who successfully integrated themselves into the (at the time) male-dominated architectural world.
Perriand was discovered at 24 when her Bar sous le toit, featuring side tables and bar stools, received critical acclaim at the 1927 Salon d’Automne. Perriand was heavily influenced by her time spent in Japan from 1940-1942.
There, she held conferences on decorative arts and her functional, yet beautiful pieces were warmly received.
After a ten-year collaboration with Le Cortusier, Perriand chose to break free from architectural academia, to refocus on other theories that took into account functionality, well-being and leisure activities.
During the Fifties, when concrete was the favourable material, Perriand focused her attention on the warmth of wood.
Perriand was always concerned about social housing and wanted her designs to be accessible for everyone. In 1952, she designed the interior layout for the Maison de la Tunisie and Maison du Mexique as part of the Cité Université in Paris.
Inspired by the mountains, Perriand worked on many projects in the Alps, from the first buildings in Meribel-Les-Allues to the architectural design of Les Arcs.