Online Event Talk

Architecture for Modern Leisure

Explore how modern architecture transformed our understanding of leisure in this panel discussion to celebrate the upcoming exhibition Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life.

What to expect

Charlotte Perriand was a pioneer of modern leisure. From large-scale architectural projects to modular furniture systems, her designs embodied modernist principles and brought leisure to the masses in a post-war era.

Starting with Perriand’s 1960s ski resort, Les Arcs, this talk brings together leading design and architectural thinkers to explore the evolution of modernist recreation and the architecture it generated: from Lina Bo Bardi’s SESC Pompéia (1977) to the Playboy Town House (1962).

Speakers

Beatriz Colomina

Beatriz Colomina teaches History of Architecture at Princeton University, writes and curates on questions of design, art, sexuality and media. Author of 'Sexuality and Space', 'Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media', 'Are We Human? Notes on an Archaeology of Design' and 'X-Ray Architecture'. Exhibitions curated by Beatriz include 'Clip/Stamp/Fold', 'Playboy Architecture', and 'The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial’

Jane Hall

Dr. Jane Hall is a founding member of Turner Prize-winning collective studio ‘Assemble’, the designers of ‘Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life’ exhibition at the Design Museum. In 2018, Jane completed a PhD at the Royal College of Art, where her research focused on Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi’s work. She is the author of the book ‘Breaking Ground: Architecture by Women’ (Phaidon, 2019), featuring 180 buildings by female architects.

Justin McGuirk

Justin McGuirk is a writer and curator at the Design Museum. Chief curator of 'Charlotte Perriand: A Modern Life', Justin has been the director of Strelka Press, design critic of The Guardian, and editor of Icon magazine. In 2012, he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture for an exhibition curated with Urban Think Tank. His book 'Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture' is published by Verso.

Martino Stierli

Martino Stierli is The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. He is the author of 'Montage and the Metropolis' and Las Vegas in the 'Rearview Mirror'. Martino has organized various exhibitions including 'Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980' with Vladimir Kulić (MOMA, 2019).

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Booking information

Adult: £5
Members: Free

Suitable age range: 18+

This is an online-only event.
You will receive instructions on how to join the course in your booking confirmation email.

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Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life

Discover one of the great furniture designers and architects of the twentieth century whose work was often overshadowed by her male peers, such as Le Corbusier and Jean Prouvé.

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