Charlotte Perriand


    AT NINETY-FIVE, Charlotte Perriand has found a rule to live by: “Cultivate happiness.” This self-conscious optimism has enabled her to play a crucial role in defining the modern spirit in twentieth-century design. Still at work in Paris, the city of her birth, she recently oversaw the installation of “Charlotte Perriand, Fernand Léger: une connivence,” a survey exhibition focusing on her collaborations with the painter that recently opened at the Musée National Fernand Léger in Biot.

    One of the few women to have gained entry to the male-dominated world of avant-garde architecture, Perriand worked