Early Set of Four 'Les Arcs' Chairs by Charlotte Perriand For Sale
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Early Set of Four 'Les Arcs' Chairs by Charlotte Perriand

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Set of first edition black leather and metal 'Les Arcs' chairs designed by Charlotte Perriand in the 1950s. Rare examples whose frames are raw metal (as opposed to the later Cassina editions in painted or chromed metal) with a variation of the sling design. The leather seats are more minimal than the later examples with less snaps / attachments sewn into the seat to connect the leather to the frame. All original condition. Seat length is 18.75" Seat depth is 14.5" (length and depth dimensions provide account for the back legs).

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  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Distressed
  • Condition Details
    Original condition. Raw metal shows rust. Beautiful patina to leather. Intact with no losses.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 33.5 in. x W 21 in. x D 23 in.H 85.09 cm x W 53.34 cm x D 58.42 cm
  • Seat Height
    19.25 in. (48.9 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Reference Number
    LU1444210045701
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About Charlotte Perriand (Designer)

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.

     Perriand’s studies at the Ecole de L'Union Centrale de Arts Decoratifs left her enthralled by Le Corbusier 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 with its swooping frame and hide upholstery; and the chunky, steel-framed “Gran Confort” club chair. 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 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 mid-1960s, she adopted an almost rustic look, designing simple chairs with dowel-cut frames and rush seats. Yet everything in Perriand’s oeuvre is beautiful, whether it’s the centerpiece of a décor or an accent. Charlotte Perriand’s work is in every great design collection, public and private. Works on these pages will show you why.

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