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Charlotte Perriand Bookcases

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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Creator: Charlotte Perriand
Charlotte Perriand Custom Made Nuage / Authentic 1958 Mid-Century, Paris France
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in Zürich, CH
The Nuage (cloud in french) is a magical piece of design. We see a lightness, where all parts are arranged on a playful way, creating a dynamic balance between harmony and disharmony...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charlotte Perriand Bookcases

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Charlotte Perriand Nuage Shelving Unit, Wood and Aluminium by Cassina
By Cassina, Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Shelving unit designed by Charlotte Perriand in 1952-56. Relaunched by Cassina in 2012. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Authenticity and avant-garde characterise Charlotte Perriand’s Nuage...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Charlotte Perriand Bookcases

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Aluminum

1972. Charlotte Perriand Storages Boxes
By Jean Prouvé, Guy Rey-Millet, Charlotte Perriand
Located in Perpignan, FR
Storage boxes designed by Charlotte Perriand, jean Prouvé and Guy Rey-Millet for the mountain refugee "La Vanoise" French alpes. see pictures. Set include 10 boxes. 6 boxes...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charlotte Perriand Bookcases

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Pine

Charlotte Perriand Nuage Shelving Unit, Wood and Aluminium by Cassina
By Cassina, Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Shelving unit designed by Charlotte Perriand in 1952-56. Relaunched by Cassina in 2012. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Authenticity and avant-garde characterise Charlotte Perriand’s Nuage...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Charlotte Perriand Bookcases

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Charlotte Perriand Nuage Unit in Wood and Aluminum for Cassina
By Charlotte Perriand, Cassina
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Charlotte Perriand Nuage unit in wood and aluminum for Cassina The modules with doors on this iconic piece of furniture give wings to creative inspirat...
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Charlotte Perriand Shelf, Les Arcs
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare Charlotte Perriand shelf made for Les Arcs ski resort. Circa 1960s. Solid slab of Pine wood secured onto a steel frame glazed in a white ...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charlotte Perriand Bookcases

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Charlotte Perriand Nuage Shelving Unit, Wood and Aluminium
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Charlotte Perriand bookcases for sale on 1stDibs.

Charlotte Perriand bookcases 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 bookcases, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 3 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 4 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original bookcases by Charlotte Perriand were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider bookcases by Jacques Adnet, Willy Rizzo, and Ico Parisi. Prices for Charlotte Perriand bookcases can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $3,883 and can go as high as $115,400, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $12,147.
Questions About Charlotte Perriand Bookcases
  • 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 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 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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