Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret), Pierre Jeanneret. Revolving Armchair. 1928
Not on view
Thonet Frères, Paris, France
Chrome-plated steel and leather
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)
Gift of Thonet Industries, Inc.
Object number
Architecture and Design
This work is not on view.
Pierre Jeanneret has 14 works online.
Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret) has 45 works online.
Charlotte Perriand has 6 works online.
There are 8,569 design works online.

"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.

Gallery label from Designing Modern Women 1890–1990, October 5, 2013–October 1, 2014

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