RECOMMENDED VIEWING: CHARLOTTE PERRIAND IN JAPAN
Not only known for her tubular steel furniture, but Charlotte Perriand’s work also took a defining Eastern lean when she visited Japan in 1940-42. A trip whose influences permeated the rest of her design career, and one which is concisely curated and illustrated at this retrospective exhibition currently on at the Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo.
Whilst in Japan she embraced traditional craft techniques, utilising them in her wooden and bamboo furniture, and the Japanese standard size unit of tatami matting, which then determined room size, etc., helped to further her, and Le Corbusier’s goal of a standardised system of measurements in construction.
If you get the chance to ‘go see’ you could also check out Jantiques, just down the road in Nakameguro.