5 ene 2011

Charlotte Perriand

I was able during my trip to Paris to see the Kitchen Unit that she designed for the Unité de Habitasion. Made in wood with details in stain steel is the precursor of the modern kitchen and an iconic piece of design.

The cook also takes part in the family life and dinner parties.
Charlotte Perriand wrote the housewife needs to have a sense of order like a barman; and the engineers have to maintain a prefect extraction of smells and smoke. A model of a flat of the habitation unit of Marseille (326 kitchens produced in series), was realised following the example of an original kitchen which belonging to collection of the Archives d’Architecture Moderne.

the women "behind" the genious (Le Corbusier)

. in 1925, graduated from a five year furniture design course at the Ecole de l'Union Centrale des Arts Decoratifs. . in 1927, exhibited the Bar sous le Toit filled with tubular steel furniture at the Salon d’Automne and was invited by Le Corbusier to join his studio to design furniture and interiors. . in 1928, designed three chairs with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret - the LC2 Grand Confort armchair, the B301 reclining chair and B306 chaise longue - for the studio's architectural projects. . in 1930, travelled to Moscow for a CIAM conference and designed fixtures for Pavilion Suisse at Cite Universaire in Paris. . started to work on the Salvation Army headquarters project in Paris in 1932. . in 1937, left Le Corbusier's studio to collaborate with the artist Fernand Leger on a pavilion for the Paris Exhibition. . in 1939, when World War II began, designed prefabricated buildings with Jean Prouve and Pierre Jeanneret. . was appointed as an advisor on industrial design to the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Japan in 1940. . in 1950, designed a prototype kitchen for Le Corbusier's Unite d'Habitation apartment building in Marseilles. . collaborated with Erno Goldfinger on the design of the French Tourist Office of London's Piccadilly. . in 1998, published her autobiography, Vie de Creation (Life of Creation).

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