Born in Paris in 1903, she was an unconventional and avant-garde artist. Architect and designer, she marked the history of contemporary art and was one of the few women artists who in the first decades of last century managed to establish themselves at a professional and personal level.
Collaborator and head of interior design at Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret's studio, in the 30s she gave life to some pieces of furniture that soon became a cult. She grew a keen interest in group work and the integration of architecture and interior spaces design, collaborating in projects such as the Unité d'Habitation in Marseilles. The starting point of her design philosophy was the development of new materials such as steel, aluminum and glass, put at the service of everyday life improvement.
She participated in the Fourth Congress of CIAM ( Congrès Internationaux d'Architecture Moderne ) and her work was strongly influenced by her stay in Japan. With a group of local craftsmen, she created a series of unforgettable furniture items and everyday objects using materials such as bamboo. Perriand went on to re-elaborate Japanese tradition in all her later works, with a new spirit of multicultural integration that now results fascinating in its simple spontaneity.
513 RIFLESSO Contenitore by Cassina, as in the case of the Tables en forme, which were designed in the 1930s and then upgraded in the 1950s to a more mature configuration, this multifunctional piece is characterised by wooden shelves with rounded edges with a strong Japanese influence, which was a common theme in Perriand’s oeuvre.
517 OMBRA TOKYO Chair by Cassina designed in Japan in 1954 for the Synthèse des Arts exhibition this light stackable chair pays tribute to the traditional Japanese art of Origami with its delicate proportions and carefully conceived design: like a piece of paper takes shape with every fold.
520 ACCORDO Low table by Cassina is a low table, with its sculpted and visibly dynamic form, was designed by Charlotte Perriand in 1985 on occasion of a retrospective dedicated to her at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Cassina re-released it in 2009, only producing it in the black lacquered wood finish.
523-524 TABOURET Stool by CassinaTrestle table with frame and top in American walnut or in natural ashwood or ashwood stained black. The assembly is by means of screws and two dark brass pulleys which ensure the stability of the frame.
525 TABLE EN FORME LIBRE Table by Cassina designed in 1938 for her atelier in Montparnasse, this table, with its rounded asymmetrical shape,is well suited to the smallest of spaces, highlighting the naturally beauty of the wood used to make it.
What is more thanks to the table’s lack of corners many people can sit at it at once, making this an inviting table for a truly convivial gathering.
529 RIO Low table by Cassina designed by Charlotte Perriand in two diff erent sizes. Cassina, in its authentic approach to the reissue of the original models, has recreated the original design of 1962, conceived for Jacques Martin’s home in Rio.