Charlotte Perriand

We went to see the Charlotte Perriand exhibition at the Design Museum yesterday:  quite a revelation and a beautifully organised and informative exhibition.  

When she first presented herself to work for Le Corbusier, he said ‘We don’t embroider cushions here’.   She had already designed a necklace out of ball bearings, ‘a symbol of my adherence to the twentieth-century machine age’:-

We liked the kettle in the room she designed in the late 1920s, all very austere and callisthenic:-

And the foldable stackable chair, designed in 1936:-

I wasn’t so convinced by her more organic work from the 1950s, but would definitely like to see Les Arcs. This is her Refuge Tonneau (1938):-


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