PRINT Summer 1999


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 from 1927 to 1937 with Le Corbusier and architect Pierre Jeanneret in their studio at 35 rue de Sèvres in Paris. As head of the “furniture equipment” division, she produced objects that have become landmarks of twentieth-century design. It’s difficult to imagine a more mythical object of modernism

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