Perriand, Charlotte

After her degree from Union Centrale des arts Décoratifs in 1925, Charlotte Perriand’s first exhibit was for the Exposition internationale des Arts Décoratifs (world fair) that same year. In 1926 she displayed living room furniture made out of glass and steel. With the advice from architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, she took part in the layout of Villa Noailles in Hyères (Provence) for the viscount and viscountess De Noailles. In 1928 she worked with Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier on several villa projects. Her creations were produced by Thonet factory. Not only did she create furniture and equipment, she also showed a keen interest for architecture and urban planning. Between 1940 and 1942 she stayed in Japan where she becames a specialist in wood, straw and bamboo. Between 1955 and 1960 Charlotte Perriand collaborated with Jean Prouvé and Serge Mouille. Her fascinations for Japanese arts lead her to decorate the Japanese House in Paris in 1957. From 1967 to 1986, she was part of the construction of the French ski resort Les Arcs. Today worldwide famous, she has become an icon of mid-century modern furniture.