Charlotte Perriand


Biographical notes

Charlotte Perriand (Paris, France, 1903-1999), at the age of twenty, decided to become an architect, an occupation that at the time was considered exclusively for men. Having graduated in Interior Design in 1925, Charlotte followed the Bauhaus research poetics, she rejected traditional decorative canons and she embraced the use of new industrial materials. From 1927 to 1937 she collaborated with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret at the famous atelier 35 in rue de Sèvres in Paris, and with them she signed important pieces of furniture. In these years she started her intense photographic production. In 1930 she met Walter Gropius and Fernand Léger, with whom she established a close friendship and an artistic collaboration. Between 1933 and 1937 she continued her research on experimental photography, with the series Art Brut and Objets Trouvés. In 1940 she was invited by the Japanese Government as a consultant for the national production of industrial design. This experience will greatly influence her vision and her work. In 1943 she moved to Indochina and she married in second marriage Jacques Martin, with whom she had a daughter, Pernette. Returned to Paris, in 1951 she was the head of the French Delegation at the IX Triennale of Milan “Furniture and Decoration”. Between 1996 and 1999 she curated three exhibitions dedicated to her work at the Design Museum of London, at the Living Design Center Ozone in Tokyo and at the Musée National Fernand Léger (France). She died on 27th of October 1999 in Paris.

In 2005 her retrospective was presented at the Center Pompidou in Paris, where her photographs were also exhibited for the first time. In 2010, the show Charlotte Perriand. Designer, photographer, activist was held at the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich, while in 2011 Charlotte Perriand, de la photographie au design was presented at the Petit Palais in Paris. In 2012 Charlotte Perriand, la photographie pour un autre mond was exhibited at the Musée Nicéphore Niépce in Chalon sur Saône, France. In 2011 the catalogue Charlotte Perriand et la Photographie was published by 5 Continents. In 2014 ADMIRA presented the photographic works of Charlotte Perriand at the Galleria Carla Sozzani in Milan, accompanied by some of her most famous furnitures designed for Cassina.

Charlotte Perriand, as a photographer, is exclusively represented by ADMIRA, in collaboration with Archives Charlotte Perriand.

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