Charlotte Perriand: When French Modern hit the slopes

Sochi’s deluxe winter wonderland, the Krasnaya Polyana ski resort sporting an $8-billion-dollar-plus makeover, may be the buzzworthy skiing destination of late. Yet we’ve had resorts of the vintage variety on the mind: France’s famous Les Arcs, opened in 1968 under the creative direction of architect Charlotte Perriand.

A longtime collaborator of Le Corbusier’s, in Paris, Perriand translated her high-modern aesthetic to the Alps without sacrificing respect for the natural surroundings. She designed minimal, modestly-sized apartments, but eliminated room partitions and featured large windows to keep them airy and comfortable. And she outfitted her lodges with stylish furniture designs in pine and tan leather. Her then-radical living concept quickly became the Alpine norm.

Exterior view of typical apartments at Les Arcs ski resort in Savoie, France. Photo: Les Arcs

Another example of Perriand's chair complementing David Elfin's desk, 2010. Photo: Yatzer

Perriand's stool in bedroom of LA interior designer, Cliff Fong, 2013 (foreground). Photo: California Home Design

Perriand's chairs in home of Spanish fashion designer, David Elfin, 2010. Photo: Yatzer

Set of Perriand's leather and chrome chairs for Les Arcs commission. Photo: Modern Findings

Today, her tables, chairs, benches and stools look effortlessly cool in numerous contexts. Browse our Les Arcs curated selection to imbue your home with a bit of French “ski lodge chic.”


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