A trailblazing icon and one of the greatest innovators of the 20th century, Charlotte Perriand returns to the Design Museum, marking the 25th anniversary of the very first Perriand exhibition at the Kensington establishment. Visitors will be taken on a journey not only through Perriand’s pioneering designs, but the designer’s own life in the form of on-screen interviews and sketches that reveal a genius mind at work. The exhibition also offers a deeper look into the relationship between Perriand and her earliest and longest-enduring collaborators Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. 

Design aficionados will be familiar with one of the designer’s most famous pieces of furniture, the “Chaise Longue Basculante”; and can see in their mind's eye the prolific image of Perriand lounging across its elegant yet severe arch. Indicative of Perriand’s modern edge, the movable chaise was just the beginning of her desire to utilise modern materials and to design practically and minimally for homes. As you move from the iconic chair displayed in the first section of the exhibition (there are three sections in total), this is made abundantly clear by what comes next: leather armchairs with steel tubing, free-form wooden tables made from raw tree trunks, ceiling-high bookshelves and Les Arcs, a ski resort project which further cements Perriand’s knack for designing 'minimum dwellings'. Interviews with the designer reveal her effervescent and effortlessly positive outlook on life – often speaking eloquently with quotable nuggets of wisdom – as she reflects on the pivotal two years spent in Japan and her belief that constraints should be faced and embraced. 

For any aspiring designers out there or those who can’t get enough of home interior inspiration, the exhibition is a must. 

Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life opens Saturday 19th June 2021 until 05 September 2021. 

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