Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Parisian designer Charlotte Perriand (1903 – 1999) gained recognition for designing a roof-top bar for the Salon d'Automne in 1927 which featured anodized aluminum and chromed steel furniture. It particularly drew the attention of the famed designer/architect Le Corbusier who shortly thereafter invited Perriand to join the Le Corbusier studio. For the next ten years, Perriand participated in the designs including the first tubular steel designs for systematized furnishings known as "Equipment de l'habitation"; hard-edged, severely functional, the collection reflected strict ideas about moral and physical fitness. The best known of this group is the LC4 chaise longue. Perriand also collaborated with Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret in the design of the Grand Confort armchair c1928 which epitomizes the International Style. In 1940, together with Jeanneret, Jean Prouve and George Blanchon, Perriand established an architectural office for the design of prefabricated aluminum buildings. Over the next three decades, Perriand continued to design buildings, interiors and furniture notably a prototype kitchen for Le Corbusier's Unite d'Habitation, the London office for Air France and conference rooms for the United Nations in Geneva. Perriand’s furniture designs were originally produced by Thonet and since 2004 have been produced by Cassina.

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images: (click on images to enlarge)
LC4 chaise lounge for Cassina w/ Perriand reclining (top)
LC 2 Grand Confort armchair for Cassina (2nd)
514 Refolo bench for Cassina (3rd)
LC1 chair (4th)
Ombra for Cassina (bottom)

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