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Charlotte Perriand (French pronunciation: [ʃaʁlɔt peʁjɑ̃]; 24 October 1903 – 27 October 1999) was a French architect and designer. Her work aimed to create functional living spaces in the belief that better design helps in creating a better society. In her article "L'Art de Vivre" from 1981 she states "The extension of the art of dwelling is the art of living — living in harmony with man's deepest drives and with his adopted or fabricated environment." Charlotte liked to take her time in a space before starting the design process. In Perriand's Autobiography, "Charlotte Perriand: A Life of Creation", she states: "I like being alone when I visit a country or historic site. I like being bathed in its atmosphere, feeling in direct contact with the place without the intrusion of a third party." Her approach to design includes taking in the site and appreciating it for what it is. Perriand felt she connected with any site she was working with or just visiting she enjoyed the living things and would reminisce on a site that was presumed dead.
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Charlotte Perriand studied design at the Ecole de l'Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France, from 1920 to 1925. From 1927 to 1937 she directed her own interior design firm in Paris. Charlotte Perriand was an associate in charge of furniture and fittings at the studio of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret in Paris, France, from 1927 to 1937. Perriand's furniture designs were used by the Wohnbedarf AG. to make furniture for the "Typ M" model apartment at the Werkbundsiedlung Neubühl (Zurich, Switzerland) in 1931. She worked with Jean Prouvé, Pierre Jeanneret and Georges Blanchon in Paris from 1937 to 1940. Perriand established an office for prefabricated building researches in Paris in 1940 and worked as an independent designer in Tokyo from 1941 to 1942 and in Indochina from 1943 to 1946.
French, Parisian
Artist, Architect, Urban Planner, Designer, Furniture Designer, Industrial Designer, Interior Designer
Charlotte Perriand
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