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):-