Charlotte Perriand, French 1903-1999. Charlotte Perriand was a French architect and designer. Charlotte liked to take her time in a space before starting the design process and placed emphasis on functionality, durability and items that could be mass produced.
At age 24 Charlotte joined the studio of Le Corbusier, where she experimented with steel, aluminum, and glass, developing a series of tubular steel chairs that remain a modern icon. In 1940, she traveled to Japan to advise the government on how to export products to the West, and spent WWII exiled in Vietnam, where she discovered local woodwork and weaving techniques and embraced natural materials.