Charlotte Perriand Inventing A New World

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Curators and chief editors: Jacques Barsac, Sébastien Cherruet and Pernette Perriand

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Editions Gallimard
Territory: USA & Canada
Size: 10.5 in x 11.75 in
Pages: 376
Illustrations: 400 color

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  • A sweeping overview of Charlotte Perriand's career, exploring the interrelation of art, architecture, and design in the work of this legendary 20th century modernist
  • Includes essays by her daughter, Pernette Perriand, and by Jacques Barsac, author of the Charlotte Perriand Catalogue Raisonné
  • Accompanies a landmark exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Foundation from 2 October, 2019 to 24 February, 2020 on the 20th anniversary of Perriand's death

Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999) was a pioneer of modern design in France during the twentieth century. Her avant-garde vision was expressed in color, organic forms, and streamlined functionality, elements which are still at the heart of contemporary design today. Her furnishings were created from aluminium, rubber, chrome, leather, bamboo, and above all, wood; their appeal is timeless. This lavishly illustrated book, accompanying a major retrospective at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, explores how much in the vanguard she was in her use of materials, in her social and political awareness, and in her collaborations with artists, architects, and other designers. The show presents a global vision of her creativity, talent, and inventiveness, exploring her commitment to women and to a humanist design ethos that took into account the middle and working classes with an emphasis on rationalizing costs and space. This book, with essays by an international roster of art, architecture, and design historians, offers a plurality of perspectives and explores Perriand's creative legacy through the 20th century and beyond.

A New Art of Living: Context and Training; House Equipment; A New Art of Living: Space and Body
Nature as Inspiration: From Machine to Nature; Living with Nature; Architecture of Leisure
Commitments: Political Militantism; Giant Photo-Montage; Reconstructing
Meeting Japan: Discovering Cultures; Japan as Horizon
Synthesis of Arts: Art Dialogues; Synthesis of Arts; All Painting or Urban Art

Pernette Perriand is Charlotte Perriand's daughter and her longstanding assistant. Jacques Barsac is author of Charlotte Perriand catalogue raisonné (volume 4 to be published). There are also contributions from international authors including Mary McLeod, Romy Golan and Japanese Yuko Kikuchi.

What the press have said about this book...

“In this hefty catalog for the blowout retrospective on view now at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, Perriand comes across as a design reformer who also knew, better than many of her colleagues, how to sell and how to persuade. Prepare to swoon over her ski resorts, to envy the impossibly chic Air France offices she designed in London, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro, and to scour eBay listings for vintage Perriand chairs for the rest of your life.”The New York Times

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