Charlotte Perriand was much more than an architect and designer. She was a visionary of modern furniture; Unlike Lilly Reich , she was respected woman in a society ruled by men at the beginning of the 20th century. Her creative legacy is invaluable, so it should come as no surprise that the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris is hosting the exhibition Le monde nouveau de Charlotte Perriand until February 24, 2020. This exhibition would not have been possible without the close collaboration of the Italian firm Cassina; the only company allowed to manufacture her furniture.
Through a careful and rigorous philological reconstruction with Pernette Perriand Barsac, her daughter and collaborator for two decades, Cassina has reproduced for the occasion the interiors of the Salon d’Automne (1929), introducing new editions and studio models that accurately fit in with her revolutionary project. Some pieces of furniture from Maison du Jeune Homme (1935), Proposition d’un Synthèse d’Art (1955), and a selection of furniture designed during her time in Asia have also been reproduced. The futuristic Refuge Tonneau (1938), which was a true masterpiece of mobile architecture conceived together with Pierre Jeanneret, has also been made available by Cassina for the occasion. If you are visiting Paris in the next few weeks, you should certainly not miss this exhibition!!