Jeanneret & Perriand
Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand
Pierre Jeanneret, Switzerland, 1896 - 1967 / Charlotte Perriand, France,1903 - 1999
Born in Paris in 1903, Charlotte Perriand designed furniture made of anodized aluminum and chromium-plated steel, showing it at the 1927 Salon d’Automne in Paris. Charlotte Perriand, Swiss-born Pierre Jeanneret and his cousin, Le Corbusier, collaborated on many projects until 1937. Charlotte Perriand had a paramount share in designing much of the furniture the collective produced during those years. The revolutionary tubular steel furnishings designed by the three were presented at the 1929, Salon d’Automne, where they were widely acclaimed. These functional pieces include the Chaise Lounge B306, (later known as the LC4 Chaise Lounge). In 1928 the three designed Grand Confort B302 (which later became the LC3), a comfortable armchair with thick upholstery.
In 1937 Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret collaborated on designing a mountain chalet of sheet aluminum and later they came up with plans for prefab houses made of aluminum. In 1940 Charlotte Perriand became a design consultant to the Japanese Board of Trade. She lived in Japan until 1946 and from then on Charlotte Perriand’s designs reveal overtones of the Japanese feeling for form. In the late 1970s Charlotte Perriand was in charge of issuing a new edition of furniture for Cassina.
In the early fifties Le Corbusier and Jeanneret set out for an urban planning project in Chandigarh, India, designing and producing low cost buildings for the community. Le Corbusier left the project mid-way and Jeanneret became the chief architect and urban planning designer. He stayed in Chandigarh for fifteen years and the city evolved into a landmark of modern architecture.