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Charlotte Perriand

Charlotte Perriand, born in Paris (1903-1999), was trained at l’École de l’Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs. She was so inspired by Le Corbusier’s ‚Towards an Architecture’ that she invited him to her show at the Paris “Salon d’Automne” in 1927. This was the start of a lifelong professional relationship. They worked together to create buildings in which there was no disassociation between the interior furnishings and the exterior form. In the 1920s they, along with Pierre Jeanneret, designed a successful group of furniture. Some of the prototypes she produced for the Salon d’Automne in 1929 “Equipement intérieur de l’habitation” project signed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, provoked a chain reaction that is still not exhausted.

During the war she stayed in Japan as the acting adviser on arts and crafts to the Japanese ministry of commerce and she became a design ambassador to both countries. Back in France, her own work reflected the materials and the aesthetics of space that she had worked with in Japan.
Charlotte Perriand dedicated herself to maintaining a standard for the quality of life: whether working-class housing developments,

urban or rural dwellings, mountain refuges and hotels, she always approached her projects with the interest of humankind and environment in mind, by creating furniture which is both comfortable and functional. Perriand described her working life as “a sincere and constant search for a modern living art.”

“She is among the rare designers blessed with spontaneous harmonic contemporary thought.”

-Jean Prouvé-