Charlotte Perriand ravishing in life and career

Our education continues – this is why we continually return to Paris, we never stop learning about events in history, witness first hand current events in the heart of Europe and acquire more knowledge about artists, architects, design and of course our other passion food.

Today we did a thorough investigation of the second Le Bon Marche department store and came across an exhibition devoted to an architect who made a significant contribution to design in her lifetime.

Perriand worked with Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris – who was – wait for it – none other than the architect Le Corbusier, he adopted the pseudonym which was a variation on a family name.

The name “Le Corbusier” is a registered trademark owned by the Fondation Le Corbusier and licensed for the production of designs created by Charles Jeanneret alone and with his co-authors Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret.

Pierre Jeanneret was cousin to ‘Le Corbusier’.

We have not seen the Petit Palais exhibition yet, it documents how photography played an important part in her creative process, and sometimes as an actual component of her pieces.

She worked in the Le Corbusier/Pierre Jeanneret studio as furniture design associate in 1928, where she used photography for her preliminary studies. The chair looks very modern even today.

Here are some portraits of her where she is elegantly dressed and some when she was adventurous in the outdoors.

All the natural world was a form of inspiration for her objects and furniture.

Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999) is also honoured in an exhibition on now at Petit Palais.

It must be an honour for her family to see her work being exhibited in two venues in Paris at the same time.

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  1. #1 by Kenny on May 16, 2011 - 9:47 pm

    Thank you, Roz, for your great eye for things so interesting! This exhibition shows me that time does not date style in some eyes.(Did I say that right? :o) The wooden bent chair and chaise lounge is a fantastic example of what I mean, as you have written in your column, Roz. Cheers, Kenny

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