7 April-18 September. With this exhibition the Petit Palais reveals for the first time the important role played by photography in the creative process of French avant-garde designer Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999), as a source of inspiration in the design of her pieces.
After becoming a furniture design associate with the Le Corbusier/Pierre Jeanneret studios in 1928, she immediately started to rely on photography to help her prepare her preliminary studies and to allow her to observe properly the "laws of nature" such as spatial arrangements.
The show pays particular emphasis to her curious delight at finding random objects in the course of her walks, which allowed her to introduce an element of spontaneity into her work, often flying in the face of the rationalist spirit of the time.
Tues-Sun 10.00-18.00 Thurs 10.00-22.00. Mon closed.
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Charlotte Perriand: From photography to design
Petit Palais, City of Paris Fine Art Museum, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris, tel. +33(0)153434000. www.petitpalais.paris.fr