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Charlotte Perriand, Wardrobe, 1956-1959


Established in 1925, the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris aimed to foster cultural diversity and to address the lack of accommodations for undergraduates in the capital. 37 housing facilities for as many nations, or “Houses”, were thus built between 1929 and 1969 to accommodate students from the entire world. Architect Lucio Costsa, entrusted as of 1952 with the building of the Brazil House within the ‘Cité Universitaire Internationale’ called upon Le Corbusier to work with him on a joint project including a 100-room residence, a theater, a library and a meeting room. Le Corbusier, with the participation of Charlotte Perriand, also carried into effect the furnishing of individual rooms in the student residence. The resulting furniture was multifunctional and characterized by stern, clear lines, softened by splashes of color. Created in a context of stringent budget conditions, the individual student room was the culmination of a process of reflection undertaken since the 1920s by Le Corbusier around the concept of a “cell” and on the study of rationalization and the economy of living spaces. The Brazil House was inaugurated on June 24, 1959.


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    H 25.6 in. x W 70.48 in. x D 59.45 in.

    H 65 cm x W 179 cm x D 151 cm

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    Paris, FR
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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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