Charlotte Perriand: Complete Works. Volume 1: 1903-1940

$130.00

Charlotte Perriand is one of the foremost figures in twentieth-century interior design. Together with her contemporaries and collaborators Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier, she created many pieces of furniture we now consider classics, including the instantly recognizable LC4 chaise. Her pioneering work with metal was particularly instrumental in paving the way for the machine-age aesthetic popular throughout the 1920s and ’30s.
           
The first volume in a planned three-part series, this lavishly book looks at Perriand’s early life: her education, her work in photography, her early interest in pre-fab residential architecture, and her years spent working with Le Corbusier at his studio on the Rue de Sèvres in Paris. While most are familiar with Perriand’s game-changing design work, the book also documents her less widely known involvement with leftist groups and her desire for social change that drove her to create affordable and appealing furniture for the masses. Influenced by this and her participation in the International Congresses of Modern Architecture, Perriand turned in the 1930s to more inexpensive natural materials like cane and wood.
           
When we designed and made this knit, we carefully considered sourcing and creating as responsibly as possible, within the constraints of resources available. After all, design is a series of well-considered choices taken.

We first look for small batches of vintage or deadstock yarn from mills. This yarn is of too insignificant quantity for larger brands to buy, otherwise facing a dismmal future in the bottom of the yarn stockroom or in the landfill.

Then, we fully-fashioned knit this garment, with both digital machines and delicate hand knitters (linkers). There are about twenty-nine steps altogether from yarn to knitwear. In combining the old and the new, this process creates 28% less material waste than cut-and-sew, and 50% less water waste.

At the end of this knit's lifecycle, it will quietly biodegrade back into the earth, as it is made of organic matter.
"Caring for me is easy as I need infrequent cleaning. Give me a shake after unrolling from your bag. Sometimes, let me breathe near a window, perhaps slung over your favorite chair. Occasionally, hand wash or machine wash me cold under "wools & delicates". I like to spread out flat under the sun to dry. Do remember I am made of very sensitive, organic precious fibers. Care for me kindly as you would a friend.

After wearing me for the first few times, you may find small balls of fibre forming on the surface. These small balls or pills are caused by some of the loose fiber tangling together as areas are rubbed during wear. Pills can easily be removed by hand or by using a cashmere comb or "defuzzit" device.

You will find that after lavishing a little care and attention on me and removing the pills in this way, my surface will actually consolidate and soften in handle and touch. Like fine wine, I will improve with age if cared for properly. (♬)"