Charlotte Perriand, Key Furniture Designs

French furniture designer Charlotte Perriand (1903–1999) was one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. She is often mentioned alongside Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, with whom she worked for the majority of her career.

Charlotte Perriand, surrounded by her furniture desig
“Dining room 28” 1929, featuring the tubular steel chairs

Below are some of Perriand’s most famous pieces, all of which are, in my opinion, design masterpieces.

1928, Swiveling Armchair

The Swiveling Armchair (or Revolving Armchair) was one of Perriand’s first designs working under Le Corbusier. As previously mentioned, this tubular chair is one of Perriand’s most renown designs. She designed this “softer” office swivel chair in 1928 after being hired by Le Corbusier the year before.

MoMA Art of the Twenties installation

1953, Ombre Chair

Designed in 1953, and first revealed in Tokyo, at the “Synthèse des Arts” exposition in 1955, the Ombre chair was inspired by traditional Japanese wood-working techniques, and is an emblematic design of this time period and one of Perriand’s most celebrated works.

Exposition ’Synthèse des Arts’, Tokyo 1955

1954, Tokyo Bench

Perriand’s Tokyo Bench was designed in 1954 and manufactured by Takashimaya, in Tokyo, Japan. The bench was also one of Perriand’s featured peices at the “Synthèse des Arts” exposition in 1955, as can be seen in the image above.

Along with the Maison du Brésil bed, it is one of my personal favorite pieces from Perriand’s extensive collection of designs!

1955, Forme Libre Table

Designed by Perriand around 1955 in France, the “Table Forme Libre” was manufactured by French carpenter André Chetaille.

1959, Maison du Brésil Bed

In 1959, Perriand designed the “Maison du Brésil” bed in France as part of an ensemble of “student room” furniture designs for the Cité Universitaire in Paris.

Maison du Brésil Bed, 1959

Other notable Perriand works that should be mentioned are her “Tilting Lounge Chair model B 306”, designed alongisde Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, as well as her signature bookcases, amoung which the “Nuage” book-case and bookshelf.

From Paris, France. 21 years old. International Relations and Sustainable Urban Planning student at USC. Currently working in London, UK.

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