Charlotte Perriand, ‘Pair of armchairs, model no. 21, from "L’Equipement de la Maison" series, Grenoble’, designed 1935, produced ca. 1946, 1968, Phillips

Each: 31 x 21 1/2 x 25 1/4 in. (78.7 x 54.6 x 64.1 cm)

The present model was exhibited at "Formes Utiles, objets de notre temps," Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1949.

Manufacturer: L’Equipement de la Maison, Grenoble or Bureau de Coordination du Batiment, Paris, France

Boris Lacroix, "Mobiliers et ensembles de vacances," Art et Décoration, no. 9, 1948, pp. 4-5
Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand: Un art d'habiter 1903-1959, Paris, 2005, throughout
Jacques Barsac, Charlotte Perriand Complete Works, volume 2, 1940-1955, Paris, 2015, throughout

About Charlotte Perriand

Charlotte Perriand was a rare female voice among the avant-garde designers whose designs shaped modern living in the early 20th century. As a student, she rejected the popular Beaux-Arts style and found inspiration instead in machine-age technology. She joined the studio of Le Corbusier at 24, where she experimented with steel, aluminum, and glass, developing a series of tubular steel chairs that remain a modern icon. In 1940, she traveled to Japan to advise the government on how to export products to the West, and spent WWII exiled in Vietnam, where she discovered local woodwork and weaving techniques and embraced natural materials. “The most important thing to realize is that what drives the modern movement is a spirit of enquiry; it’s a process of analysis and not a style,” she said near the end of her life. “We worked with ideals.”

French, 1903-1999, Paris, France