2021 Exhibition

Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life

Meet one of the giants of 20th century design, a free spirit who championed good design for all and was often overshadowed by her famous male collaborators. 

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What to expect

Enter the world of Charlotte Perriand, whose pioneering designs shaped the 20th century. Her modern ideas can be found in the way we live today, from the use of materials such as aluminium and steel, to her belief that good design is for everyone. 

Experience large-scale reconstructions  of her most famous interiors and enjoy some of her furniture up close. The exhibition will also feature photography  and  personal notebooks  that shed new light on her unique creative process, alongside works by her friends and peers, including  Le Corbusier,  Fernand Léger  and etchings by Pablo Picasso. 

The exhibition was curated in collaboration with the Perriand family and the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, which staged a highly successful retrospective last year and marks the 25th anniversary of the first Charlotte Perriand exhibition at the Design Museum in 1996.

Charlotte Perriand on the chaise longue basculante B306, 1929, © AChP

Charlotte Perriand, Gaston Regairaz (architects), Guy Rey-Millet/AAM (site manager), La Cascade residence, Arc 1600, 1967-1969

Charlotte Perriand, Maison au bord de l'eau, 1934

Charlotte Perriand, Bookcase for the Maison du Mexique, 1952, © AChP

Charlotte Perriand, Gaston Regairaz (architects), Guy Rey-Millet/AAM (site manager), La Cascade residence, Arc 1600, 1967-1969

Charlotte Perriand joined Le Corbusier studio in Paris in 1927 and co-created timeless pieces including the Grand Confort armchair, and the Chaise Longue Basculante.

She believed architecture should meet human needs, and as far back as the 1920s she designed open-plan interiors to make sure women didn’t feel trapped in their homes.

From the 1930s onward she increasingly looked at nature for inspiration and was highly influenced by the years she spent in Japan during the Second World War. A passionate skier, Perriand designed one of the most recognisable ski resorts in the world, Les Arcs.

Discovering Charlotte Perriand

Read more about the tailor’s daughter who worked her way into Le Corbusier’s studio and applied radical principles to furniture design.

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Coming soon

2021 exhibitions

Discover what else is coming up in 2021 including how trainers have shaken the world of fashion in Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street and possible design solutions for the future in Waste Age.

This exhibition was curated in collaboration with the Perriand family and the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.

Background image © FLC/ ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2020/ AChP.