Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999), French architect and designer, at Simon, furniture store, near Saint-Germain-des-Prcs. Paris, 1963.

Charlotte Perriand

Charlotte Perriand was a French architect and designer. Her work aimed to create functional living spaces in the belief that better design helps in creating a better society.

Charlotte Perriand studied interior architecture in the Ecole de L’Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs (“School of the Central Union of Decorative Arts”), led by renowned artist and designer Henri Rapin. In 1927, she exhibited in the Autumn Salon a bar made by her from bent corners of copper and aluminum. This is one of the first works of Charlotte Perriand aroused positive art criticism. In the same year, she began her 10-year collaboration with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret in their famous atelier rue de Sèvres 35. In collaboration with Le Corbusier, in the joint works created in his atelier, the influence of Charlotte Perriand is felt primarily from the fact that she adds the special aesthetic value of the human sense of beauty to the strict rationalism of the great architect in his projects.

In 1940-1946, Charlotte Perriand lived and worked in Japan, where she mastered the traditional methods of decorating the Japanese interior, combined them with a modern approach to design.

After returning to France, the artist worked on large projects for large corporations – such as Air France or the well-known furniture manufacturer, the Italian company Cassina S.p.A.