The LC9 stool possesses an architectural presence that reflects, to perfection, Charlotte Perriand’s love of poetic harmony. The first version of this stool was for the designer’s own dining room in her Paris apartment, and was made of tubular steel with a rattan seat. In 1929, the design was shown as part of the “Équipement intérieur d’une Habitation” exhibit at the Salon d’Automne in Paris, where it was used in the salle de bain with a terry towelling seat, as appropriate in the space where personal care reigns supreme.
The current model is characterized by a trivalent-chrome plated steel frame, with a wide choice of seat materials: from toweling, through saddle leather, to the classic rattan option. Select models are available for quickship.
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.