Charlotte Perriand, ‘Pair of tripod stools’, designed ca. 1947, Phillips

Property from the Collection of Susie Tompkins Buell

Each: 16 1/8 in. (41 cm) high, 12 7/8 in. (32.7 cm) diameter

Retailed by Galerie Sentou, Paris, France.

Signature: Underside of each branded with SENTOU/GALERIE/PARIS.

Françoise Choay, "L’Œil de l'architecte vous montre le Pavillon du Brésil que Le Corbusier vient d'achever à la Cité Universitaire de Paris," L’Œil, no. 57, September 1959, p. 58, for a similar example

Galerie Sentou, Paris

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