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Mary McLeod ed.

Abrams, 2003
304 pages
More than 300 illustrations, including 60 full colour plates.
ISBN: 0810945037

Charlotte Perriand was one of the most innovative furniture and interior designers of the twentieth century. Her career embraced much of the history of modern design in France, including Art Deco, machine-age modernism, the organic rusticity of the 1930s and 1940s, serially produced metal and wood furniture of the 1950s and 1960s, and plastic and prefabricated bathroom and kitchen units of the 1970s. Her collaboraters included Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Jean Prouve.

While producing elegant furniture designs, Perriand saw her designs as part of a larger social program to extend the pleasures of modern life to working- and middle-class people. Perriand sought to create a vibrant, accessible art that rejected bourgeois conventions while humanising everyday environments. Her designs and her career also exemplify a radical rethinking of gender roles.

This book is well illustrated and includes a collection of engaging and original essays.


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