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Exhibition showcases 80 years of Charlotte Perriand’s brilliant furniture

Currently on view at Venus Over Manhattan

Kitchen module with yellow cabinets
Cuisine-bar Marseille, 1952, designed with Le Corbusier.
Courtesy Venus Over Manhattan, New York, and Laffanour/Galerie Downtown, Paris

Throughout Charlotte Perriand’s eight-decade career, the French designer created dozens of pieces that could live in the modernist furniture canon. There’s her “Cuisine-bar Marseille”, a compact and wildly progressive kitchen module she designed with Le Corbusier for the architect’s Unité d’Habitation. And then there’s her “Fauteuil chrome tubulaire”, a sleek chair with a tubular chrome frame.

Daybed with cream colored cushion
Lit Simple, Maison du Brésil, 1959.
Courtesy Venus Over Manhattan, New York, and Laffanour/Galerie Downtown, Paris

Perriand is best known as Le Corbusier’s go-to designer for his projects’ interiors, but now she’s getting an expansive exhibition all to herself at New York’s Venus Over Manhattan Gallery.

Exhibition view Courtesy Venus Over Manhattan, New York, and Laffanour/Galerie Downtown, Paris

Now through January 12, you can check out 37 of Perriand’s sculptural designs IRL. The exhibition spans her long career and includes pieces from her various explorations with form and material. There are plenty of Le Corbusier-era machined and streamlined works alongside her wood and bamboo pieces, inspired by her time spent in Japan.

Exhibition view Courtesy Venus Over Manhattan, New York, and Laffanour/Galerie Downtown, Paris

Perriand’s pieces have a brilliant timelessness to them that reminds you of what smart and beautiful design can achieve. They feel classic but modern, sleek yet comfortable—even 90 years on.

“Charlotte Perriand” is on view at Venus Over Manhattan in New York City through January 12.

Chair with metal tubing
Fauteuil chrome tubulaire, Édition Thonet, 1928.
Courtesy Venus Over Manhattan, New York, and Laffanour/Galerie Downtown, Paris
Desk with small drawers
Table, Maison du Brésil, 1959.
Courtesy Venus Over Manhattan, New York, and Laffanour/Galerie Downtown, Paris

Via: The Spaces