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Charlotte Perriand Industrial and Work Tables

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 Mid-Century Modern Black and Grey Cansado Table, circa 1950
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table designed by Charlotte Perriand, circa 1950. Wood with formica, metal frame legs. Provenance: Cansado, Mauritania (Africa). In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999) she was born in Paris in 1903 and attended the E´cole de l'Union centrale des Arts de´coratifs from 1920-1925. Charlotte Perriand designed furniture made of anodized aluminium and chromium-plated steel, showing it at the 1927 "Salon d'Automne" in Paris. After meeting Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand worked with him and Pierre Jeanneret until 1937. The revolutionary tubular steel furnishings and system furniture designed by the three were presented as "E´quipement de l'habitation" (home equipment) at the 1929 "Salon d'Automne," where they were widely acclaimed. In 1930 the Union Des Artistes Modernes (UAM) was founded in Paris, a group that viewed itself as a countermovement challenging such establishment organizations as the "Salon d'Automne" and also advocated Art Deco and Modernism. From 1931 Charlotte Perriand showed her own work solo there. In 1937 Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret collaborated on designing a mountain chalet of sheet aluminium, which they showed at the "Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne" and later they came up with plans for prefab houses...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charlotte Perriand Industrial and Work Tables

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Metal

Charlotte Perriand, Mid-Century Modern, Wood Metal Cansado Table, circa 1950
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table designed by Charlotte Perriand, circa 1950. Wood, metal frame legs. Provenance: Cansado, Mauritania (Africa). In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999) she was born in Paris in 1903 and attended the E´cole de l'Union centrale des Arts de´coratifs from 1920-1925. Charlotte Perriand designed furniture made of anodized aluminium and chromium-plated steel, showing it at the 1927 "Salon d'Automne" in Paris. After meeting Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand worked with him and Pierre Jeanneret until 1937. The revolutionary tubular steel furnishings and system furniture designed by the three were presented as "E´quipement de l'habitation" (home equipment) at the 1929 "Salon d'Automne," where they were widely acclaimed. In 1930 the Union Des Artistes Modernes (UAM) was founded in Paris, a group that viewed itself as a countermovement challenging such establishment organizations as the "Salon d'Automne" and also advocated Art Deco and Modernism. From 1931 Charlotte Perriand showed her own work solo there. In 1937 Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret collaborated on designing a mountain chalet of sheet aluminum, which they showed at the "Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne" and later they came up with plans for prefab houses...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charlotte Perriand Industrial and Work Tables

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Metal

Charlotte Perriand Cansado Gray Table, circa 1950
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table designed by Charlotte Perriand, circa 1950. Wood, metal frame legs. Provenance: Cansado, Mauritania (Africa). In original condition, with wear consistent with age and ...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charlotte Perriand Industrial and Work Tables

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Metal

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Charlotte Perriand industrial and work tables for sale on 1stDibs.

Charlotte Perriand industrial and work tables are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. Many of the original industrial and work tables by Charlotte Perriand were created in the mid-century modern style in france during the 1950s. Prices for Charlotte Perriand industrial and work tables can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $5,947 and can go as high as $8,626, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $8,054.
Questions About Charlotte Perriand Industrial and Work Tables
  • 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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