Designers

Charlotte Perriand

architetta e designer (1903 - 1999)

Charlotte Perriand was born in Paris on 24 October 1903, a French architect and designer who was the protagonist of a mythical period of 20th century architecture and design.

His activity is often connected and sometimes subordinated to that of the illustrious colleague Le Corbusier and his work limited, in a limiting way, to the production of design only.

He collaborated with the studio of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, from 1927 to 1937, as responsible for the interior design and the design of furniture elements. Together with them he signs some of the most prestigious furnishings of the 1920s.

Charlotte Perriand is one of the founders of the U.A.M. (Union des artistes modernes) and among the members of CIAM (Congrès Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne).

During her long professional career Charlotte Perriand works with Fernand Legér, opens a design studio in Paris with J. Prouvè, P. Jeanneret (cousin of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris - Le Corbusier) and G. Blanchon.

During the 1960s he collaborated with other designers including: Lucio Costa, M. Elisa Costa, Oscar Niemeyer, Burle Marx.

Between 1940 and 1943 she lived in Japan invited by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry with the task, started in 1933 by Bruno Taut, of defining new directions and strategies for Japanese industrial production.

In this period Charlotte Perriand devoted herself to the study of Japanese architecture and culture. Visit universities, factories, laboratories and craft shops. With some Japanese artisans he creates a series of furniture elements and everyday objects with the aim of making East and West dialogue.

Charlotte Perriand's work is geared towards creating functional living spaces, thinking that better design helps create a better society.
In his 1981 article "L'Art de Vivre" he states: "The extension of the art of living is the art of living, living in harmony with the deepest impulses of man and with his adopted or manufactured environment. ".

Before starting the process of designing a space, she likes to spend time inside it before starting work to study the place and appreciate it for what it is.

Charlotte Perriand is known for the playful way she used different materials and styles in most of the furniture she created. One of the most important influences on some of her work is Japanese craftsmanship which has continued to inspire her throughout her career.

Charlotte Perriand is a remarkable personality, committed to leading the evolution if not the revolution, of consideration and vision of the world.
He wants to rework cultural and artistic expressions to create a new relationship between the arts (architecture, painting, sculpture), between the different cultures of the world (Asia, Latin America, Brazil, etc.) and the movements of society.

At the heart of her art is the duality between the political order and the place of women, the relationship with rurality, the transition from a society inherited from the nineteenth century and the model of the twentieth century, marked by cataclysms such as totalitarianism and world wars followed physical and moral reconstructions.

Charlotte Perriand dies in Paris, October 27, 1999.