Eye on Design: Charlotte Perriand
- For the first time ever, Cassina has constructed a prefab mountain dwelling conceived by Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret from the drawings the pair created in 1938.
- Many innovators helped usher in the Modernist movement, but French architect, furniture maker, and interior designer Charlotte Perriand turned lofty ideals into revolutionary living spaces.
- Vive la France! Take a desktop tour of the best in contemporary French architecture and interior design with a stroll through the Dwell archives.
- Teaming up with architect Craig Steely, an industrial designer and a mechanical engineer find just the right design for a striking home on a San Francisco hill.
- In the shadow of Mount McKinley, amid Alaska’s meadows and icy streams, a former teacher and a four-time Iditarod winner built a modernist cabin as expansive as the Last Frontier.
- While working on the July/August issue (hitting newsstands July 3rd), which highlights women in design, I kept coming back to this iconic image of Charlotte Perriand on her B306 chaise lounge.
Charlotte Perriand (1903–1999), one of the most innovative interior and furniture designers of the 20th century, did not only strive towards a change in forms but also towards an improvement in social conditions. After the tubular steel furniture, which she developed particularly in partnership with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, she preferred the natural material of wood with its free forms. At the same time her photography, which she approached in a radically modern way, became an impulse for her work. There followed grand stagings of magical objects found on beaches or in junkyards. Charlotte Perriand shared this interest for the poetry of “Art Brut” with Pierre Jeanneret and Fernand Léger, with whom she repeatedly worked. The opening of the archive now provides a longoverdue opportunity to rediscover this important pioneer as a furniture designer, as a photographer and—with her reconstructed large-format collages—as a socially committed woman.
The exhibition is on view unitl October 24th at the Musem of Design Zurich.
The color of this Corbu-Perriand-Jeanneret-designed LC2 came far after the fact, as Cassina reissued the 1928 black-and-steel-classic this year in a series of bold tones.The new hues may not be to everyone's taste, but it's most likely unanimous that the chair itself is still a masterpiece.