Charlotte Perriand, as with so many 20th century innovators who lacked a Y chromosome, is not as well remembered as contemporaries and collaborators like Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeannerret. Indeed, when she first applied for a job at Le Corbusier's studio in the late 20s, she was told, "We don't embroider cushions here." It wasn't until the architect saw her work in person that he offered her a job as furniture designer.
Perriand's impact on interior design, furniture and architecture still resonates today. Like Le Corbusier, she was instrumental in making beautiful objects accessible to all, working in materials that could be mass-produced without losing their beauty. A new book by documentarian Jacques Bersac documents her work in the 50s and 60s, and is the first time her designs for Air France and her renovation of the Palais des Nations have been published. Charlotte Perriand Complete Works. Volume 3: 1956-1968 proves that the history of 20th century design is poorer when its female practitioners are overlooked.