Charlotte Perriand - Design London Tuesday, April 27, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Air France Building, Brazzaville, Congo

  • Literature

    Mary McLeod, ed., Charlotte Perriand An Art of Living, New York, 2003, p. 223 for a similar example; Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand - Un art d'habiter, Paris, 2005, p. 331

  • Artist Biography

    Charlotte Perriand

    French • 1903 - 1999

    Trailblazer Charlotte Perriand burst onto the French design scene in her early 20s, seemingly undeterred by obstacles in an era when even the progressive Bauhaus school of design barred women from architecture and furniture design courses. She studied under Maurice Dufrêne at the École de l'Union Centrale des art Décoratifs, entering into a competition at the 1925 Expo des Arts Décoratifs by age 22 and gaining critical acclaim for her exhibition at the Salon d'Automne in 1927.

    On the heels of this success, that same year she joined the Paris design studio of Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret. For ten years the three collaborated on "equipment for living," such as the iconic tubular steel B306 Chaise Longue (1928). After World War II, Perriand joined forces with Jean Prouvé to create modernist furniture that combined the precise lines of Prouvé's bent steel with the soft, round edges and warmth of natural wood.

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Rare small cabinet, from the Air France building, Brazzaville, Congo

Painted steel, aluminium, oak.
74 x 48.5 x 37 cm. (29 1/8 x 19 1/8 x 14 1/2 in.)
Editioned by Steph Simon, France.

£14,000 - 18,000 


28 April 2010