Designer, interior architect and town-planner, Charlotte Perriand revolutionized designs from the 30s by creating chrome metal structures for the public. Far from a classicist, she constantly insisted that "We are the modern people [...], we represent our generation!" Let's take a closer look at this revolutionary woman.
Collaborations with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret
It all started in 1927, when her piece "Bar sous le toit" (bar under the roof) exhibited at the Autumn Fair, was praised by the press and recognized by Le Corbusier for its modernity. This marked the start of a ten-year collaboration between Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret at a Parisian workshop at 35 rue des Sèvres. Very quickly, the young woman put her mark on the space layout and created her own style of furniture. She gave the environment a more human dimension, mixing industrial and traditional styles.
The influence of Japanese culture
In 1940, invited by the Japanese Minister of Commerce and Industry, Charlotte Perriand left for Tokyo, where she had been invited to share her expertise on industrial design. She would stay there until 1943. Inspired by the Japanese way of life, she set herself the challenge of creating new raw materials, making her most famous pieces, a chaise longue and a foldable armchair, out of bamboo. Her goal was to preserve the qualities of artisanal production and apply the techniques to Western uses.
Creations that get down to basics
Back in Paris, Charlotte worked on the creation of practical and economic furniture for the Anthony University campus. An interior without embellishments, because "any attempt to dress up a piece of furniture should be avoided" according to the architect. Following this, several collective equipment programs were also created in a similar purist style, such as the Maison de la Tunisie and the Maison du Mexique in Paris. Passionate about the mountains, she also helped in the creation of several ski resorts, taking care to position the bedrooms towards the exterior and installing large bay windows to create a dialogue between nature and the interior.
Just like Madame, who worked tirelessly for the emancipation of women, Charlotte Perriand worked to improve man's quality of life, whether they be a workman, student or manager, by creating comfortable and functional environments.