Discover Charlotte Perriand’s world in five rooms

Iconic midcentury interiors

Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World is the first exhibition in the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s history dedicated to a single artist. The Frank Gehry-designed museum has given over its four floors and eleven galleries, even the outdoor water feature, to detailed reconstructions of Charlotte Perriand’s revolutionary vision for the ‘art de vivre’ (art of dwelling) that continues to reverberate through contemporary architecture and design today.

Maison de la Tunisie at Cité Universitaire in Paris by Charlotte Perriand. Courtesy Fondation Louis Vuitton

Born in 1903, Perriand began working in the 1920s and continued up to her death in 1999, her life stretching almost the entirety of the 20th century and interlacing with its most important cultural figures. The exhibition places her work in the context of the politics, art and ideas that were percolating at the time, and includes design by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Jean Prouvé, paintings by Picasso and Fernand Leger, sculptures by Alexander Calder and lights by Isamu Noguchi.

It is the reconstructions in this dazzling show that bring Perriand’s ideas most powerfully to life, enabling us to literally step inside her vision for modern living. Here we explore five of them, from the room that drew the world’s attention in 1929 to the last structure she ever worked on.

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