Entitled Charlotte For ever, the sale will paint a complete and faithful portrait of this great creator through 20 carefully selected lots. The rich documentation provided in the catalogue was curated with the help of Pernette Perriand and Jacques Barsac, authors of recently published reference books on Charlotte Perriand.

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Through this collection, Artcurial's Design department sheds light on the only woman who made it amongst the ranks of the top French Design Masters in the second part of the 20th century. During this period, design was revolutionised by Le Corbusier, Jean Prouvé and Pierre Jeanneret.

The diversity of her creations as well as her links to Jean Prouvé, Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier, make Perriand an integral part of the history of Design.

As a nod to the great women herself, the auction will be held on Perriand's birthday, 24th October.

Born in 1903 in Paris, Charlotte Perriand studied at the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. At the age of 24, Perriand began to shake the world of design with her creations presented at the 1927 Salon d’automne. Her work was an immediate hit with the critics.

Screen Shot 2017-10-10 at 12.36.41 LACQUERED OAK AND OAK, GREY PLASTIC SLIDING DOORS AND ABS DRAWERS "MAISON DU BRESIL" STORAGE UNIT AND ROOM DIVIDER BY CHARLOTTE PERRIAND & LE CORBUSIER - 1959

Most notably, Charlotte's new fans included Pierre Jeanneret and his cousin Le Corbusier. The latter took Perriand under his wing and into his agency, giving her a department to lead. Charlotte and Le Corbusier worked together between 1927-1937. Perriand made the decision to more from architectural academia to adopt theories that considered materials, functionality, leisure activities and quality of life. During these years, Charlotte Perriand also collaborated with Robert Mallet-Stevens and Paul Nelson, maintaining close links with Jean Prouvé’s workshops in Nancy. During this time period, she was one of the few women to successfully break the field of architecture.

Screen Shot 2017-10-10 at 12.37.24 A SET OF FIVE SOLID WOOD STOOLS BY CHARLOTTE PERRIAND- DESIGNED IN 1953

From the 1940's, Charlotte Perriand’s style was heavily influenced by visits to Asia, in particular Japan, which she visited from 1940 to 1942 under her role as the  industrial arts adviser to the Commerce and Industry Ministry. Perriand worked with great Japanese architect and defender of the Japanese Modern Architectural Movement, Junzō Sakakura, who she had previously worked with in the workshop of Le Corbusier between 1931 and 1936.

Screen Shot 2017-10-10 at 12.37.00 BLACK LACQUERED STEEL AND SOLID ASH "6 COUVERTS" TABLE BY CHARLOTTE PERRIAND - DESIGNED IN 1953

Mountains had a profound effect on Charlotte, she worked on many projects in the Alps. In 1946-48, she created the interior architecture for the first buildings in the new winter sports resort, Meribel-les-Allues in Savoie. Not far from there, between 1967 and 1986, Perriand  worked on interior and architectural design for Les Arcs.

Screen Shot 2017-10-10 at 12.37.13 BLACK LACQUERED METAL, ASH WOOD AND BLACK, WHITE AND GREY MELAMINE DOORS MOD. BLOC "CANSADO" CHEST WITH FIVE DOORS BY CHARLOTTE PERRIAND - 1959/63

In the 1950's, Charlotte's designs were displayed alongside that of Jean Prouvé and Serge Mouille, in the Steph Simon gallery, located on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris. At a time when concrete is king, Charlotte Perriand stood out from the masses with her creations that focus on the warmth of wood.

Screen Shot 2017-10-10 at 12.37.37 BLACK AND WHITE LACQUERED ALUMINUM AND SOLID WOOD "MAISON DU MEXIQUE" BOOKSHELF WITH YELLOW AND BLUE LACQUERED "POINTE DE DIAMANT" ALUMINUM SLIDING DOORS BY CHARLOTTE PERRIAND -1952

In 1952, Charlotte designed the interior layout of la “Maison de la Tunisie” and la “Maison du Mexique” in the “Cité universitaire internationale” in Paris. She created two libraries which contained some of her most famous furniture.

Charlotte Forever will take place at Artcurial on 24th October, 2017. See more here.

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