Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret), Pierre Jeanneret. Revolving Armchair. 1928
Not on view
Manufacturer
Thonet Frères, Paris, France
Medium
Chrome-plated steel and leather
Dimensions
29 3/4 x 22 x 21 1/4" (75.6 x 55.9 x 54 cm), seat h. 21 5/8" (54.9 cm)
Credit
Gift of Thonet Industries, Inc.
Object number
162.1958
Department
Architecture and Design

"Clutching a portfolio of drawings, I found myself face-to-face one October afternoon in 1927 with Le Corbusier's horn-rimmed spectacles. The austere office was somewhat intimidating, and his greeting rather frosty.

'What do you want?' he asked, his eyes hooded by his glasses.

'To work with you.'

He glanced quickly through my drawings. 'We don't embroider cushions here,' he replied, and showed me the door."

—Charlotte Perriand, Une Vie de creation (A life of creation), 1998

Following this incident, after viewing her designs for the 1927 Salon d'Automne, Le Corbusier hired Perriand, and she worked in his Paris studio for ten years. She immediately set to work on a series of furniture designs that were introduced to the public at the 1929 Salon d’Automne in Paris. In this design, partly inspired by an office swivel chair, Perriand softened the rigidity of the tubular frame with a stuffed cushion resting on coil springs. Because the frame and the upholstery required considerable handwork, the chair was relatively expensive and manufactured in limited numbers.

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