Charlotte Perriand

Charlotte Perriand

Complete Works. Volume 1: 1903–1940

The first of four lavish volumes on the life and work of the great French design pioneer.


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Title Information

Jacques Barsac. With a preface by Jean-Louis Cohen and an introduction by Arthur Rüegg

1st edition

, 2014


512 pages, 615 color and 375 b/w illustrations

23 x 30.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-746-4

In cooperation with Archives Charlotte Perriand, Paris


Charlotte Perriand is one of the foremost figures in twentieth-century interior design. Together with her contemporaries and collaborators Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier, she created many pieces of furniture we now consider classics, including the instantly recognizable LC4 chaise. Her pioneering work with metal was particularly instrumental in paving the way for the machine-age aesthetic popular throughout the 1920s and ’30s.

The first volume in a planned four-part series, this lavishly illustrated book looks at Perriand’s early life: her education, her work in photography, her early interest in pre-fab residential architecture, and her years spent working with Le Corbusier at his studio on the Rue de Sèvres in Paris. While most are familiar with Perriand’s game-changing design work, the book also documents her less widely known involvement with leftist groups and her desire for social change that drove her to create affordable and appealing furniture for the masses. Influenced by this and her participation in the International Congresses of Modern Architecture, Perriand turned in the 1930s to more inexpensive natural materials like cane and wood.

Complete with annotations and a bibliography for further research, Charlotte Perriand offers the first comprehensive book in English on this key figure.


Further volumes:

Volume 2: 1940–1955

Volume 3: 1956–1968

Volume 4: 1969–1999

Authors & Editors

Jacques Barsac

 has directed a number of internationally successful documentary films on historic personalities, such as Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier, Jean Cocteau, and Winston Churchill. Since 2001 he has been carrying out extensive research on Perriand’s life and work.

Jean-Louis Cohen

Arthur Rüegg

, born 1942, is professor emeritus for architecture and building construction at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich). He took his degree in architecture from ETH Zurich in 1967 and ran his own studio ARCOOP in Zürich 1971–98. He has published widely on architecture and architectural history in books and journals and is a renowned expert on the work of Le Corbusier.


«Publishers Scheidegger & Spiess should, we think, be heartily congratulated for their latest monograph: the first comprehensive book in English on Charlotte Perriand.» Metropolitan Magazine