CHARLOTTE PERRIAND: A LIFE IN CREATION
Monacelli Press, 2003, First English edition, 400 pp., 6 1/4" X 9 1/4", Hardcover
Fine in very near fine dj.
Immediate and matter of fact, the text echoes Perriand's own direct character; the dozens of black-and-white photographs are for the most part drawn from her own archive. In addition to her association with Le Corbusier, Perriand recounts her experiences in Russia, the Far East, and South America; she also discusses the projects she worked on after leaving Le Corbusier's atelier in 1937, ranging from a vast ski resort at Les Arcs to the "espace theacute;" (tea area) in the UNESCO garden in Paris. Her friendships with the great artists of the period, such as Fernand Leacute;ger, offer valuable insight into the artistic scene of the time. Perriand's fascinating memoir is unique not only in its firsthand depiction of the goals and tenets of the heroic period of modern architecture but also in its portrayal of a century of life in Paris.