Charlotte Perriand

General Information

Occupation: Architect, Furniture Designer, Interior Designer

Date of Birth: January 01, 1903

Birth City: Paris

Birth Country: France

Resident City: Paris

Resident Country: France

Sources: Oedekoven-Gerischer, Angela, Andrea Scholtz, Edith Medek, and Petra Kurz, eds. Women in Design: Careers and Life Histories Since 1900. Trans. Martin Crellin. Stuttgart: Landesgewerbeamt, 1989. ; Excerpt from the introduction in the catalog of a Perriand exhibit written by Mary McLeod


Subject: Furniture

Description: Designs in Japan in the 1940s and 50s included bamboo chaise lounges that were made by local craftsman using local materials.

Notes: Perriand wanted to offer her designs to a larger audience including working and middle classes


No jobs on record


Name: Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret

Project: Perriand joined Le Corbusier and Jeanneret's firm in the 1920s and helped them design the furniture and interiors such as the Salon d' Automne, the Pavillion Suisse, and the Armee du Salut. Thirteen years after she left the firm, Perriand again collaborated with Le Corbousier on the Unite d' Habitation at Marseilles

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Name: Jean Prouve

Project: Metal and wood furniture, lobbies for Air France in London and Tokyo, an apartment in Rio de Janeiro, worker's housing in the Sahara, department store exhibitions in Japan and mountain resorts.

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Notes: Perriand collaborated with Prouve while in independent practice in the late 1930s.


No apprenticeships on record


No awards on record


Title: Internationale Kunstgewerbeaustellung

City: Paris

Country: France

Start Date: January 01, 1925

Title: Salon des Artistes Decorateurs

City: Paris

Country: France

Start Date: January 01, 1926

End Date: January 01, 1928

Notes: participated in 1926, 1927 and 1928

Title: Autumn Salon

City: Paris

Country: France

Notes: with the "Bar under the Roof" and together with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeannerret "Appartment Furnishings" which were made by Thonet 1930 first exhibition in the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris

Notable Projects

Title: Bar sous le Toit (Bar in the Attic)

Description: Perriand used chrome plated tubular steel, which gave her a name in the modern movement

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Title: Station des Arcs

Description: A winter vacation center for 18,000 residents.

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Notes: Done in collaboration with Jean Prouve

Title: Popular Front's Agricultural exhibit

Description: Exhibit was shown at the 1937 World's Fair

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Institution: Union Centrale des Arts Decoratifs


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Professional Affiliations

Organization: Union des Artistes Modernes (UAM)

Role: Perriand was one of the founders of the UAM

Organization: Congres Internationaux d'Architecture Moderne (CIAM)

Role: Member

Organization: Association des Ferivains et Artistes Revolutionnaires (AEAR)

Notes: A Communist sponsored association.

Organization: Maison de Culture

Role: Member

Notes: The Maison de Culture had ties to the Communist party and was led by Louis Aragon.

Publications By

Title: Charlotte Perriand, A Life of Creation

Publisher: Monacelli Press

Date Published: November 30, 2003

Notes: ISBN 1580930743

Publications About

Title: Charlotte Perriand

Author: Elisabet Vedrenne

Publisher: Assouline

Date Published: September 01, 2005

Notes: ISBN 2843236614

Title: Charlotte Perriand

Author: Brigitte Hadel-Samson, Charlotte Perriand

Publisher: Musee National Fernand Lager

Date Published: May 28, 1999

Notes: ISBN 2711838277

Title: Charlotte perriand: Modernist Pioneer

Author: Charlotte Benton

Publisher: Design Museum

Date Published: October 30, 1996

Notes: ISBN 1872005993

Title: Charlotte Perriand: An Art of Living

Author: Mary McLeod

Publisher: Harry N Abrams

Date Published: December 01, 2003

Notes: ISBN 0810945037

Title: Livre de Bord

Author: Arthur Ruegg

Publisher: Birkhauser

Date Published: May 30, 2004

Notes: ISBN 3764370378