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August 23, 2019
Text: Annie Block
Fondation Louis Vuitton to Display 192 Pieces by Charlotte Perriand
It’s been 20 years since the design world lost one of its greatest: Charlotte Perriand. To mark the milestone, Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris is giving over all four floors of galleries in its Gehry Partners–designed building to her furniture and sketches as well as to the artwork that influenced her. Among the hundreds of pieces in the exhibition will be 192 by the architect, several of those she created with such well-known collaborators as Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, including the iconic Fauteuil Grand Confort from 1928. Among Perriand’s myriad lifetime achievements was being appointed in 1940 as the official advisor on industrial design to the Japanese government, for which she moved to Tokyo from France for six years. Her work thereafter displayed an Asian influence, as witnessed in her 1950s triangular table and black-red rug, and the Maison de Thé, a teahouse she designed for the UNESCO garden in Paris in 1993. It’s one of nine of her environments being reconstructed for the exhibit.