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Charlotte Perriand

French, 1903-1999

A pioneer of modernism in France, Charlotte Perriand was one of the most influential figures in 20th-century design and architecture. In her long career, Perriand’s aesthetic grammar constantly evolved, moving from the tubular steel furniture of the Machine Age to a lyrical naturalism that is reflected in her enduring designs for chairs, sconces, daybeds and other works.

Perriand’s studies at the Ecole de L'Union Centrale de Arts Decoratifs left her enthralled by Charles-Édouard "Le Corbusier" Jeanneret and his vision of a new, rational architecture. In 1924, she joined his studio to design furniture along with Pierre Jeanneret, Corbu’s partner and cousin.

Together, they devised some of the finest examples of early modernist furniture, including two icons of the era: the B306 chaise — later renamed the LC4 —  with its swooping frame and hide upholstery; and the chunky, steel-framed Grand Confort club chair. Both pieces were part of the LC line, which saw the trio of designers carrying out bold experiments with tubular chromed steel, just as architect and Bauhaus faculty member Marcel Breuer had executed with his cantilever Cesca chair around the same time. (Furniture created by Perriand, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret was originally produced by Austrian manufacturer Thonet but Italian firm Cassina acquired the production and sales rights to their works in 1964.) 

Collaborative design produced another Perriand triumph: in the early 1950s, she and Jean Prouvé were engaged to produce desks, worktables and bookcases for the University of Paris. The bookcases — slim pine shelves with brightly painted aluminum dividers — are minimalist mid-century masterpieces.

By the end of that decade, Perriand’s aesthetic had changed completely from the earliest days of her career. She produced a series of furniture in ebonized wood: chairs with gentle S-curve legs, front and back; tables with elliptical tops. In the 1960s, Perriand pushed the boundaries of prefab to produce high-quality housing and furnishings at low cost for the French ski resort Les Arcs. She also adopted an almost rustic look at the time, designing simple chairs with dowel-cut frames and rush seats. 

Everything in Perriand’s oeuvre is beautiful, whether it’s the centerpiece of a décor or an accent, and her work is in every great design collection, public and private.

The vintage Charlotte Perriand furniture for sale on 1stDibs includes stools, coffee tables, case pieces, lighting and more.

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Cp 1 Wall Lights
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Charlotte Perriand Berger Stool
Charlotte Perriand Berger Stool
Lc4 Chaise Longue
Lc4 Chaise Longue
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Lc3 Grand Confort Chair
Pair of pine stools from Les Arcs, Charlotte Perriand, France 1960-70s
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in Bristol, GB
Pair of pine stools by Charlotte Perriand, circa 1960 from Les Arcs, France. The stools were sourced from a chalet clearance in the Haute Savoie region of France. Original conditio...
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Mid-20th Century French Charlotte Perriand

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Pine

Charlotte Perriand Pine Wood 'Berger' Stool, France, 1960s
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in Brescia , Brescia
Crafted as a homage to pastoral mountain life, this original low stool, affectionately known as the Berger Stool, encapsulates Perriand's mastery of form and material. Inspired by t...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charlotte Perriand

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Pine

Pine stool from Les Arcs, Charlotte Perriand, France 1960-70s
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in Bristol, GB
Pine stool by Charlotte Perriand, circa 1960 from Les Arcs, France. Sourced from a chalet clearance in the Haute Savoie region of France. Original condition, with signs of age and ...
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Mid-20th Century French Charlotte Perriand

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Pine

Pine stool from Les Arcs, Charlotte Perriand, France 1960-70s
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in Bristol, GB
Pine stool by Charlotte Perriand, circa 1960 from Les Arcs, France. Sourced from a chalet clearance in the Haute Savoie region of France. Original condition, with signs of age and ...
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Mid-20th Century French Charlotte Perriand

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Pine

Set of 4 Dordogne chairs by Charlotte Perriand for Sentou, France, 1950s
By Charlotte Perriand, Robert Sentou
Located in Meulebeke, BE
France / 1950s / 4 Dordogne chairs / Charlotte Perriand / Sentou / wicker and wood / design classic / mid-century Set of 4 iconic Dordogne chairs by Charlotte Perriand for Sentou, F...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charlotte Perriand

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Wicker, Wood

Bauche n°19 by Charlotte Perriand
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
Size : W420 D400 H820 SH450 mm Vintage Bauche n°19 by Charlotte Perriand. Its rush is original and condition is good. Edition Step...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charlotte Perriand

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Rush, Wood

Bauche n°19 by Charlotte Perriand
Bauche n°19 by Charlotte Perriand
H 32.29 in W 16.54 in D 15.75 in
Charlotte Perriand "CP-1" Wall Lights-1962-
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
Wall light-CP1-1962- by Charlotte Perriand CP1 / plastic base. Stamped Charlotte Perriand & StephSimon on the base. Screw hole part cracked.8 Designer: Charlotte Perriand Edition S...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Charlotte Perriand

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Charlotte Perriand "CP-1" Wall Lights-1962-
Charlotte Perriand "CP-1" Wall Lights-1962-
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H 2.96 in W 6.5 in D 5.01 in
Cassina LC4 Louis Vuitton Special Edition Chaise Longue Perriand Le Corbusier
By Le Corbusier, Louis Vuitton, Charlotte Perriand, Cassina, Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Vorst, BE
LC4 Louis Vuitton Icônes Collection 2014 - limited edition, Nr. 0355 of only 1.000 pieces produced worldwide. To celebrate the 110th anniversary of...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Charlotte Perriand

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Steel, Chrome

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Cp 1 Wall Lights
Cp 1 Wall Lights
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By Charlotte Perriand
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French architect Charlotte Perriand (1903–99) was an inimitable trailblazer in the field of design, defining modern living in the 20th century through her pursuit of functionality. The sleek CP-1 wall lamps she created in the 1960s represent her belief that design wasn’t meant to produce merely decorative objects, but objects that responded to the needs of the user most practically and efficiently. In the 1920s, design was plagued with sexism (the landscape has since improved, but there is s...
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Charlotte Perriand Berger Stool
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Lc4 Chaise Longue
Lc4 Chaise Longue
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Lc4 Chaise Longue
By Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret
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Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, the Swiss-born designer and architect known as Le Corbusier (1887–1965), famously described the houses he designed as machines to live in. It is only fitting then that he would furnish each home with its own machines built to meet specific needs. Designed in 1928, the LC4 chaise longue is a “relaxing machine,” according to Le Corbusier, its curves mimicking those of a lounging body. Part of his first-ever collection of furniture, made in collaboration with designer ...
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Lc3 Grand Confort Chair
Lc3 Grand Confort Chair
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$21,564
Number Available
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By Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret
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Charlotte Perriand furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Charlotte Perriand furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Charlotte Perriand furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 414 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 238 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Charlotte Perriand were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Guillerme et Chambron, Zanotta, and Gio Ponti. Prices for Charlotte Perriand furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $154 and can go as high as $266,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $5,985.
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  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 27, 2024
    Charlotte Perriand made a variety of chairs, stools, coffee tables, case pieces, lighting and other types of furniture. Some of her most notable works include the B306 chaise, later renamed the LC4, and the chunky, steel-framed Grand Confort club chair, both of which she designed collaboratively with Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier. She is also known for producing an acclaimed series of furniture in ebonized wood. Explore a wide range of Charlotte Perriand furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 21, 2024
    Charlotte Perriand is known for being a pioneer of modernism in France. She was one of the most influential figures in 20th-century design and architecture. In her long career, Perriand’s aesthetic grammar constantly evolved, moving from the tubular steel furniture of the Machine Age to a lyrical naturalism that is reflected in her enduring designs for chairs, sconces, daybeds and other works. Explore a diverse assortment of Charlotte Perriand furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To pronounce Charlotte Perriand, say "Shar-LOAT PAIR-ee-uh." Her surname is French, and in that language "and" represents a sound somewhere between "uh" and "ah," rather than rhyming with land and sand and it does in English. You'll find a collection of Charlotte Perriand furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Charlotte Perriand worked in the studio of the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. She frequently collaborated with fellow designer Pierre Jeanneret. Together, they created two legendary modern furniture designs: the B306 chaise and the Grand Confort club chair. Shop a range of Charlotte Perriand furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 1, 2024
    Charlotte Perriand was part of the modern design movement. Many people consider her to be a pioneer of modernism in France and one of the most influential figures in 20th-century design and architecture. In her long career, Perriand's aesthetic grammar constantly evolved, moving from the tubular steel furniture of the Machine Age to a lyrical naturalism that is reflected in her enduring designs for chairs, sconces, daybeds and other works. Find a selection of Charlotte Perriand furniture on 1stDibs.

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