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Charlotte Perriand

Complete Works. Volume 1: 1903-1940

Charlotte Perriand is one of the foremost figures in twentieth-century interior design. Together with her contemporaries and collaborators Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier, she created many pieces of furniture we now consider classics, including the instantly recognizable LC4 chaise. Her pioneering work with metal was particularly instrumental in paving the way for the machine-age aesthetic popular throughout the 1920s and ’30s.
The first volume in a planned four-part series, this lavishly book looks at Perriand’s early life: her education, her work in photography, her early interest in pre-fab residential architecture, and her years spent working with Le Corbusier at his studio on the Rue de Sèvres in Paris. While most are familiar with Perriand’s game-changing design work, the book also documents her less widely known involvement with leftist groups and her desire for social change that drove her to create affordable and appealing furniture for the masses. Influenced by this and her participation in the International Congresses of Modern Architecture, Perriand turned in the 1930s to more inexpensive natural materials like cane and wood.
Complete with annotations and a bibliography for further research, Charlotte Perriand offers the first comprehensive book in English on this key figure.

512 pages | 615 color plates, 375 halftones | 9 x 12 | © 2014

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Table of Contents

Preface Jean-Louis Cohen

Introduction Arthur Rüegg

From Grade School to Early Career


École de l’Union centrale des arts décoratifs

Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes, Paris 1925

Early Career, 1926

Metal: A Revolution in Furniture Design

Le Bar sous le toit, 1927

The Saint-Sulpice Dining Room, the Unité de choc

Travail et Sport, 1927

Partnership with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret for Furniture and Home Furnishings

Meeting Le Corbusier

The Mobilier nouveau Program, 1928

The Chaise longue basculante, 1928

The Fauteuil dossier basculant, 1928

The Fauteuil grand confort, 1928

Tables, 1928

Production of New Tubular Metal Furniture, 1928

Research on Extendable Tables and Folding, Swiveling, Swinging Chairs

Picture Gallery at the Villa La Roche, 1928

Interior Design of the Villa Church, 1928

Interior Design of the Villa Savoye, 1928–31

Maisons Loucheur, 1928–29

La Cellule de 14 mètres carrés par habitant, 1929–30

Wood or Metal?

Standard Storage Cabinets, 1929

Un équipement intérieur d’une habitation, 1929

Furniture Lines

L’Union des artistes modernes

A Few Private Commissions

“Mimi Pinson” in Montparnasse, 1932

The First Building, an Air Terminal, 1930

Villa Martínez de Hoz, 1930

Venesta, 1930

Thumbing Noses at the German Avant-Garde, 1931

The Cité du refuge, Salvation Army Headquarters, Paris, 1929–33

Dwellings for the Ferme radieuse

Houses with Brise-Soleil for Barcelona, 1933

Pavillon suisse at the Cité universitaire, 1931–33

The rue Nungesser-et-Coli Building in Paris, 1931–34

Bat’a Project, 1936


A Contemporary Tool

L’Art brut, 1933

A Universe of Forms

The Militant Years

Hope for a New World

The Athens Charter, 1933

Return to Moscow, 1934

Developing a Taste for Our Work among the People


Preparation for the Exposition internationale de Paris, 1937

Vernacular Architecture, or the Genius of the People

Prefabricated Leisure Architecture

La Maison au bord de l’eau, 1934

Vacation Resort in Bandol, 1935

L’Hôtel de haute montagne, 1935

High-Altitude Refuge Chalet, 1936–37

Bivouac Refuge, 1936–37

The Tritrianon, 1937

Mountain Chalet Hotel, 1937–38

The Tonneau Refuge, 1938

Singular Architecture

Public Exhibitions and Social Engagement

La Maison du jeune homme, 1935

Imperative of Reality-Based Work

Practical Advice on Furnishing a Dwelling, 1936

An Affordable Living Room for the Masses, 1936

La Grande Misère de Paris, 1936

Waiting Room of the Minister of Agriculture, 1936

The CIAM, the Pavillon des Temps nouveaux, Rupture, 1937

At the UAM Pavilion, 1937

The Ministry of Agriculture Pavilion, 1937

After the Break with the Rue de Sèvres Studio

Joy of Man’s Desiring

Analysis of Urban Chaos, Can Our Cities Survive?

Office Project for the Minister of National Education, 1937

Free-Form Furniture, 1938–39

Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce, Flight to the Mountains, 1938

A Mountain Hideaway, 1939

A Hotel in Méribel, 1939

A Village House for her Mother, 1939

Military Housing and Emergency Shelters, 1939

The Flying Schools, 1939

Buildings for the SCAL in Issoire, 1939–40

Departure for the End of the World, 1940





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