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The prolific French writer and award-winning documentary film-maker, Jacques Barsac will speak about the designer and architect Charlotte Perriand and her remarkable interior design projects, which command an enduring relevance to this day

Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier, Djo Bourgeois, Jan Fouquet and Percy Scholefield. Place Saint Sulpice 1928.  Archives Charlotte Perriand

In his lecture at Strelka, renowned writer and documentary film-maker Jacques Barsac will speak about the designer and architect Charlotte Perriand, her work methods and her major projects, from models of new housing units to one-of-a-kind design objects and furniture, still sought after by interior designers to this day.

Designer and architect Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999) holds full membership of that avant-garde cultural movement which, from the first decades of the twentieth century, brought about a profound change in aesthetic values and gave birth to a truly modern sensitivity towards everyday life.

When Perriand was just twenty-four years old, she began a decade-long collaboration with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, at the famous design studios at 35, rue de Sèvres in Paris. Her presence in the Le Corbusier studio is visible in all the furnishings designed with him and with other architects of note, with Perriand adding a distinct dimension of humaneness to the often cold rationalism of Le Corbusier.

Scholar of the avant-garde and author of several books about Charlotte Perriand’s work (including her biography, A Life of Creation), Jacques Barsac was a close companion of the designer and architect during the last fifteen years of her life.

The lecture sponsored by the Archi Studio and Cassina