charlotte perriand: from photography to design
charlotte perriand: from photography to design charlotte perriand: from photography to design
may 13, 2011

charlotte perriand: from photography to design

charlotte perriand: from photography to design through september 18th, 2011 petit palais, paris

‘un ami sur un mur’ 1936image © AChP_ADAGP, Paris 2011

a current exhibition at the petit palais in paris, is showcasing the work of french architect and designer charlotte perriand. composed of 380 photographs and 70 pieces of furniture, the installation reveals for the first time, the role photography played in the iconic designers creative process.

expressing both the methodologies and innovations of her work, the exhibition emphasizes perriand’s passion for and draw towards found objects, art and elements of nature. stimulated by the rationalist spirit of the 1920’s, the photographs capture a particular aesthetic which ultimately guided the flexibility and freedom of her work for le corbusier and pierre jeanneret. 

a selection of furniture pieces are also on show, exemplifying the correlation between the ranging photographs and the three dimensional pieces who form material and spatial arrangements. for the exhibition, the artifacts have been integrated into the petit palais’s permanent collection, emphasizing the impact of modernity.

model of ‘the pavilion of the ministry of agriculture’, 1937 image © designboom

detail of model image © designboom

photomontage image © designboom

detail image © designboom

‘passager d’un bateau’, 1937. image © AChP_ADAGP, Paris 2011

‘charlotte perriand en savoie‘, 1930image © AChP_ADAGP, Paris 2011

‘inconnu’, 1936 image © AChP_ADAGP, Paris 2011

‘rognon de silex cerné, trouvé en maurienne’, 1933 image © AChP_ADAGP, Paris 2011

‘pont à poutrelle’, 1933 image © AChP_ADAGP, Paris 2011

‘immeuble de l’armée du salut en construction’, 1931 image © AChP_ADAGP, Paris 2011

‘art brut grès plage normandie vers’, 1935 image © AChP_ADAGP, Paris 2011

‘ombre’ (shadow), stacking chair, 1955 image © designboom

‘ombre’ (shadow), stacking chair, 1955 image © designboom

profile of ‘ombre’

‘room divider’, 1954image courtesy of cassina © F.L.C /AChP_ADAGP, paris 2011

‘bamboo’, lounge chair, 1940 photographie pernette perriand-barsac, © F.L.C /AChP_ADAGP, 2005

‘chaise longue basculante’, 1938 image courtesy of cassina © F.L.C /AChP_ADAGP, paris 2011

‘swivel chair’, 1927. image courtesy of cassina © F.L.C /AChP_ADAGP, paris 2011

(from top left to bottom) ‘petalo nesting tables’ 1951, ‘table basse’ 1984, ‘tokyo lounge images © F.L.C /AChP_ADAGP

‘petalo nesting tables‘, 1951image courtesy of cassina © F.L.C /AChP_ADAGP, paris 2011

entrance to exhibition image © designboom

petit palais image © designboom

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    design news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    492,664 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample