During Charlotte Perriand’s stay in Japan, she made an inventory of the best craftsman and selected objects, drawing from everyday life with forms that capture an authentic Japanese spirit. The result is the Graffiti rug, commissioned in 1941 and developed with local weaving techniques.
The featured pattern comes from a photo that Charlotte Perriand took while aboard the Hakusan Maru ship. It features a pair of obscure marine animals sketched by an anonymous Japanese sailor in white chalk on a black background. Today the bold design is carried out through Cassina’s partnership with the cc-tapis and close collaboration with Pernette Perriand-Barsac. The atelier outside Kathmandu in Nepal employs artisanal expertise, meticulously hand-knotting each rug with 125,000 knots per square meter and the finest natural materials.
In her eight-decade career, Charlotte Perriand contributed to countless design projects that allowed her to experiment with material. She explored working with tubular steel furniture, natural pieces in ebonized wood, bamboo furniture in Japan, and more. Paying close attention to the functionality of the furniture and the arrangement of the interior environment, Perriand designed pieces that were meant to be comfortably used and enjoyed in a space, as evidenced in her famed 1959 daybed or curved-back LC7 chair. Her revolutionary user-centric approach helped establish her as a seminal figure in the modernist design movement whose legacy endures to this day.
Not long after graduating from Ecole de L'Union Centrale de Arts Decoratifs in Paris, Perriand impressed critics with “Bar Under the Roof,” an installation featuring an aluminum and chrome bar counter and card table presented at the Salon d’Automne in 1927. The showcase established her as an avant-garde talent to watch and wowed a personal icon of hers, Le Corbusier—who invited her to join his studio and work on furniture designs with him and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret. The trio went on to craft some of the most enduring modern furniture pieces of the 20th century, such as the widely collected LC4 chaise longue, today produced by Cassina.