Charlotte Perriand

Venus Over Manhattan is pleased to present an exhibition dedicated to the life and work of Charlotte Perriand, one of the most famous designers of the twentieth century. Organized in collaboration with Laffanour / Galerie Downtown, Paris, the presentation will represent the largest exploration of Perriand’s production to be staged in New York, comprising some fifty works that span the full breadth of Perriand’s nearly eight-decade career. Staged in advance of a number of major institutional exhibitions dedicated to her career, and presented on the heels of the Centre Georges Pompidou’s “L’UAM, Une aventure moderne,” which prominently featured Perriand’s work, the presentation will be on view beginning November 1st.

Celebrated for her pioneering furniture designs and exquisitely detailed interiors, Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999) registered an outsized impact on the development of modern design. Hand-picked by Le Corbusier to design interiors and furnishings for his projects when she was only twenty-four, Perriand assumed a central position in the codification, maturation, and dissemination of Modernism in the West. Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret – the lead architect at the Atelier Le Corbusier, and Corbusier’s cousin – discovered Perriand’s work at the Salon d’Automne in 1927, where she exhibited her “Bar sous le toit,” a bar made from polished aluminum and glass shelves that sent shockwaves through the design establishment. Le Corbusier invited Perriand to join his studio and lead all interior furnishing and design initiatives, a position she held for ten years. At the Atelier, Perriand designed a collection of furniture and standardized architectural elements meant for mass production, which exploited tubular steel, leather cushions, and other materials that were then rarely used in contemporary domestic settings. Many of these designs have become virtually synonymous with modernist aesthetics, and though the collection is credited to Le Corbusier, Jeanneret, and Perriand, Perriand herself was responsible for many of the individual designs.

1 November 2018 to 15 January 2019
Venus Over Manhattan
980 Madison Avenue
10075 New York, USA