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Some architects think of furniture as architecture. And some architects, such as Charlotte Perriand (1903–1999), design furniture that has an architectural presence within a room.

At a time in the 1920s and ’30s when a female architect was as rare as a Greek Revival pediment on a Modernist edifice, the French-born Perriand was collaborating with the most important design talent of the time, notably Le Corbusier. As a young woman, trained as an architect and industrial designer at the Ecole de l’Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs, she showed her portfolio of furniture and decorative objects to the famous architect, who immediately brought her into his atelier.


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This story appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of MILIEU.