Design Talks: Charlotte Perriand, the Bold Architect that Revolutionized Design!

Today is another day of one of your favorite new captions – Design Talks. You’ll have the chance to meet the work of a very important influencer in the design field …

Design Talks is one of your new favorite captions, because, speaking as a design professional and lover, it’s essential to know the past to understand the future and today we’ll know all about Charlotte Perriand, who she was and the work that she developed. Curious? We hope so, so continue scrolling!


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“I like being alone when I visit a country or historic site. I like being bathed in it’s atmosphere, feeling in direct contact with the place without the intrusion of a third party”, Charlotte Perriand

Design Talks: Charlotte Perriand, the Bold Architect that Revolutionized Design!

Charlotte Perriand was a famous and influent French architect and designer, and her work is still leaving footprints on the field. She was born on the 24th of October, 1903, in Paris. She was ‘discovered’ by her art teacher that noticed that she had a unique talent for drawing and creating new pieces, therefore, she apllied for the School of the Central Union of Decorative Arts, in 1920, to study furniture design. Until her graduations, she provided several design workshops, and also attended lectures by Maurice Dufrene. In 1925 she graduated, and her projects from schoolwork were selected to be a part of the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decortifs et Industriels Modernes.

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Design Talks: Charlotte Perriand, the Bold Architect that Revolutionized Design!

Charlotte, two years after graduating, decided to renovate her entire apartment and into a room with a built in wall bar made of aluminum, glass and chrome and a card table with built in pool-pocket drink holders.

Design Talks: Charlotte Perriand, the Bold Architect that Revolutionized Design!

After her studies, during ten years, she worked at Le Corbusier’s studio. She was in charge of their interiors work and promoting their designs through a series of exhibitions. We don’t need to say that her work was major important for the development of French and worldwide design and how functionality was finally in the equation.

Design Talks: Charlotte Perriand, the Bold Architect that Revolutionized Design!

After her work in the design studio, it’s important to be conscious of the time of History we were dealing with. The war forced Charlotte to leave France, when the Germand arrived to occupy Paris in 1940. She went to Japan and Vietnam, and we can definitely feel the influence of the design of these countries in her work, and the way she changed her vision regarding design.

Design Talks: Charlotte Perriand, the Bold Architect that Revolutionized Design!

Oriental design is quite different from the Ocidential one, specially because the first gives more value to functionality rather than aesthetics. Charlotte is known for her work of creating functional living spaces, where aesthetics finally meet funcionality!

Design Talks: Charlotte Perriand, the Bold Architect that Revolutionized Design!

Finally, design was starting to be seen as a way to solve the world’s issues and to create a better society.

Design Talks: Charlotte Perriand, the Bold Architect that Revolutionized Design!

The extension of the art of dwelling is the art of living—living in harmony with man’s deepest drives and with his adopted or fabricated environment“, Charlotte Perriand

We can definitely assume that this design professional and architect was one of the biggest influences of the spread of minimalistic design and how a curate design piece should only be added to the home décor if it’s really going to have a function. Besides that, all her design pieces and projects reflect a great passion for the empowerment of society by taking conscious decisions throw design and by going for resused or recycled materials. One fact that is quite curious is that, before she started a project, she was alone in the place to feel a connection with it, so she could appreciate it and evalute its real needs.

These are the persons we should be inspired by, and we cannot let their work and sould die! The way we can pay her contribute to us is to continue her hard work among design.


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