Charlotte Perriand 1903–1999

At the age of twenty-four Charlotte Perriand approached Le Corbusier and asked to join the designer’s famed studio. While studying at Paris’s École de l’Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs, Perriand read two of Le Corbusier’s most notable works, Ver une architecture and L’Art decorative d’aujourd’hui prompting her to distance herself from the Art Deco aesthetic and seek out a style more relevant to the machine-age. Le Corbusier famously turned her away, stating "we don’t embroider cushions here." Months later, after seeing her Bar sous le toi the Salon D’Automne exhibition in Paris, he apologized and hired her on. Perriand worked for him for ten years, collaborating with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret on numerous projects, most notably a set of tubular steel chairs that would become one of her most well-known designs. In the 1930s, concerned with social issues, Perriand worked to create functional and affordable designs. Moving away from the machine-age aesthetic of glass and metal, Perriand began experimenting with natural materials. She traveled to Japan as an official advisor on industrial design to the Ministry for Trade and Industry and became enamored with the simplistic beauty of Japanese design. Perriand studied local woodworking and immersed herself in the functional yet refined forms. Perriand revitalized her career upon returning to Europe in 1947, creating harmonious simplicity in her designs – what she called l’art d’habiter. She continued her collaboration with Le Corbusier on the Unité d’Habitation in Marseilles and worked with Fernand Leger and Jean Prouvé on various commissions. In 1985, her long career was celebrated with a retrospective at the Musée des Arts-Décoratifs in Paris and she remains one of the most influential designers of the 20th Century.

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CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, Bloc bahut | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand

Bloc bahut

estimate: $200,000–250,000
result: $240,000
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, Free-form dining table | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand

Free-form dining table

estimate: $100,000–150,000
result: $197,000
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, Free Form table | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand

Free Form table

estimate: $125,000–150,000
result: $180,000
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, Japan bahut | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand

Japan bahut

estimate: $150,000–200,000
result: $180,000
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, Nuage Bibliothèque | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand

Nuage Bibliothèque

estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $152,500
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, Nuage Bibliothèque | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand

Nuage Bibliothèque

estimate: $100,000–150,000
result: $146,400
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, Bibliotheque from the Maison du Mexique | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand

Bibliotheque from the Maison du Mexique

estimate: $60,000–80,000
result: $126,000
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, Rare bahut | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand

Rare bahut

estimate: $100,000–150,000
result: $122,500
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, Sandoz bench | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand

Sandoz bench

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $120,000
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, Rare Bloc Bahut from Cité Cansado, Mauritania | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand

Rare Bloc Bahut from Cité Cansado, Mauritania

estimate: $100,000–150,000
result: $112,500
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, Bibliothèque from the Maison du Mexique | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand

Bibliothèque from the Maison du Mexique

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $110,500
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, Bibliothèque from the Maison du Mexique, Paris | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand

Bibliothèque from the Maison du Mexique, Paris

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $100,900
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, Bibliotheque from the Maison du Mexique | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand

Bibliotheque from the Maison du Mexique

estimate: $40,000–50,000
result: $96,000
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, bibliothèque | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand

bibliothèque

estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $93,750
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, Bloc cabinets, pair | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand

Bloc cabinets, pair

estimate: $80,000–120,000
result: $92,500
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, Long table | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand

Long table

estimate: $60,000–80,000
result: $90,000
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, Nuage Bibliothèque | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand

Nuage Bibliothèque

estimate: $80,000–120,000
result: $87,500
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, Long dining table | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand

Long dining table

estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $80,500
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, Mauritania sideboard | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand

Mauritania sideboard

estimate: $35,000–45,000
result: $78,000
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, Bibliotheque from the Maison du Mexique | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand

Bibliotheque from the Maison du Mexique

estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $72,000
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, Tokyo lounge chair | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand

Tokyo lounge chair

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $72,000
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, console from Hôtel le Doron, Méribel, France | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand

console from Hôtel le Doron, Méribel, France

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $68,500
JEAN PROUVÉ, stool no. 308 | wright20.com

Jean Prouvé

stool no. 308

estimate: $30,000–35,000
result: $52,800
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, Rangement Bibliothèque | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand

Rangement Bibliothèque

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $48,750