Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life
17. June 2021
Place Saint-Sulpice apartment-studio room recreation. (Photo: Felix Speller)
Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life is on display at the Design Museum in London from June 19 to September 5, 2021. The retrospective highlights the furniture, interiors, and architectural projects of "one of the giants of 20th century design, a free spirit who championed good design for all."
The new exhibition falls on the 25th anniversary of the last presentation of French architect/designer Charlotte Perriand's work in London, an exhibition also held also at the Design Museum, in 1996, three years before she died in Paris at the age of 96. The earlier one was called Charlotte Perriand: Modernist Pioneer, expressing an effort to give her equal weight among Le Corbusier, Jean Prouvé, and other male contemporaries and colleagues who had previously overshadowed her. For Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life, the Design Museum contends that "in recent years her reputation as a furniture designer and architect has matched the stature of her peers," especially in regards to her highly prized furniture. Visitors to the Design Museum will be able to see her furniture in recreated interiors, as in her own Parisian apartment-studio above, actually sit on her furniture (sit on furniture ... in a museum!), and trace the evolution of her career from modernist to natural, from furniture to architecture.
Take a short tour through the exhibition below.