The Perriand collections of the MAD

  • Chaise longue basculante, Charlotte Perriand

During her creative life, Charlotte Perriand, a lover of mountain landscapes and Japanese houses, who worked in the field of habitation, varied and improved the modernist ideal and concepts of Le Corbusier.

  • B302 Swivel Chair

    Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999)
    Paris, 1927 Creation date of the model
    Thonet frères, France, 1930 Production date
    Part of a dining room set shown for the first time at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs in Paris in 1928
    Chrome steel tube, leather
    Purchased, 1980

    inv. 47628

From the expression that was so important to her, The Art of Living, her productions were significant for the evolution of ways of living. This is illustrated by the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, starting in 1966 with three emblematic pieces: the B301 Basculant Lounge Chair and the B306 Basculant Lounger, pioneers in chrome steel tubing the creation of which she shared with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, as well as the three legged stool called Berger.

  • B301 Armchair

    Swing back Armchair
    Le Corbusier (1887-1965)
    Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999)
    Pierre Jeanneret (1896-1967)
    Cassina, Italy, 1965
    Formes Nouvelles, distributor, Paris
    Chrome steel tube, foalskin, leather
    Gift of Formes Nouvelles, 1966

    inv. 41076
  • Stand Equipement, automne 1929

    Table et siège en tube d’acier

    photographie publiée dans le catalogue Charlotte Perriand, un art de vivre


  • B306 Lounger

    Le Corbusier (1887-1965)
    Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999)
    Pierre Jeanneret (1896-1967)
    Paris, 1928
    Thonet frères France, 1930
    Base in painted metal, structure in chrome steel tube, rubber. Without upholstery.
    Purchased, 1966

    inv. 40116
  • Berger Stool

    Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999)
    France, 1953
    Steph Simon, distributor, Paris, 1956-1974
    Turned pear and acacia
    Purchased from Steph Simon, 1966

    inv. 40444

If Perriand’s pieces stand out for the elegance of the lines and proportions, they are the result of a rigorous selection of materials – wood, bamboo, chrome steel, etc. They are also the product of very thorough study of the idea of saving space such as storage, partitions and trellises which slide to create new domestic horizons.

  • Tokyo, exposition 1955


  • Rocking lounger

    Unique piece
    Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999) Japan, 1940
    Shown in 1941 in the Takashimaya stores in Tokyo during the exhibition “Tradition, Sélection, Création”
    Bamboo, oak, beech, aluminium
    Gift of Nihon Mingei Kan, 1985

    inv. 55644


  • Tokyo Type Bench

    Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999)
    France, 1954
    Ash, cushions in foam covered with cloth
    Purchased by the State, 2001.

    inv. 2008.56.66.1
  • Low Armchair

    Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999)
    France, 1954
    Ash, cushions in foam covered with cloth
    Purchased by the State, 2001

    inv. 2008.56.66.5


  • Bracket lamp in red, yellow, grey, black

    Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999)
    France, c. 1962
    Steph Simon, distributor
    Plastic, painted metal
    _ Gift of Galerie Christine Diegoni, 1998

    inv. 998.97.1, 2, 3 et 4