“Life was good…and I filled my lungs with it.” -Charlotte Periand
At 24 years old, Charlotte Perriand made a lasting impression on Le Corbusier, when she walked into his studio and asked for a job as a furniture designer. His response? He showed her the door and replied, “We don’t embroider cushions here”.
However, Perriand quickly earned his apology. A few months later, Le Corbusier saw the impressive “glacial Bar sous le Toît” (rooftop bar) that Perriand had created in glass, chrome, and aluminum, for the Salon D’Automne exhibition in Paris. After seeing this amazing display of Charlotte’s talent, he invited her to come join him in his studio.
Together with Le Corbusier, and his partner Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand designed a series of tubular steel chairs, based on Corbusier’s principles. These chairs were then – and continue today – to be hailed as icons of the “machine age”.
Many would say that the most famous Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret models may never have existed as we know them, had it not been for Charlotte Perriand. She was recognized by Le Corbusier as having extraordinary talent for interior design.
Although Charlotte was loyal to the concept of Corbusier, she was free to steer the project to its end result. This type of relationship between designer and company created a beautiful harmony that resulted in some amazing works. Each piece renders a quality design and an expression of minimum values, yet with profound depth.
In addition to her work as a respected designer, Charlotte was also very socially conscious. She strongly advocated for improved social conditions and quality of life, and was involved with many organizations such as: