Perriand, Charlotte (1903 - 1999)
The French designer started collaborating with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret at the end of the 1920s, bringing into the studio her master of elegant and simple steeled furniture. From the 1940s, her designs were much influenced by the Japanese aesthetic she discovered when visiting the country. The armchair and the deck-chair she imagined for the Villa LaRoche have become emblematic pieces of modern design. It is said that when Charlotte Perriand first walked into Le Corbusier's studio, asking him to employ her as a furniture designer, he told her 'we don't embroider cushions here', a sexist remark that was probably common in those days. A few months later, Le Corbusier apologized and Charlotte Perriand went on with her successful career proving she could be a major architect and designer even as a woman.
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