August 23, 2019

Fondation Louis Vuitton to Display 192 Pieces by Charlotte Perriand

From October 2, 2019 to February 24, 2020, Charlotte Perriand, shown here in 1987, will be the subject of a comprehensive namesake exhibition at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. Photography courtesy of Adagp, Paris, 2019, and Archives 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.  

A hinoki wood table and wool rug, circa 1955, by Charlotte Perriand. Photography courtesy of Adagp, Paris, 2019.
Perriand’s 1927 illustrations for Répertoire du goût moderne. Photography courtesy of Achp and Adagp, Paris 2019.
A bookshelf Perriand designed in 1952 for a house in Tunisia. Photography courtesy of Fondation Louis Vuitton.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Chaise longue basculante by Charlotte Perriand, 1940. Photography courtesy of Adagp, Paris 2019.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Agence Air France, Londres, 1957. Image courtesy of Gaston Karquel/Archives Charlotte Perriand.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Residential design by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and Charlotte Perriand circa 1929. Image courtesy of Adagp, Paris, 2019.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Fauteuil Grand Confort, by Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier, and Pierre Jeanneret, 1928. Photography courtesy of Adagp, Paris, 2019.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Bibliothèque de la Maison du Mexique by Charlotte Perriand, 1952. Photography courtesy of Adagp, Paris 2019.

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