tokyo: charlotte perriand and japan

after initially being rejected, paris-born designer charlotte perriand [1903-1999] became one of modernist starchitecture le corbusier's close collaborators. in 1940 she traveled to japan as an advisor for industrial design to the country's ministry for trade and Industry. perriand advised the government on raising the standards of design in japanese industry to develop products for the west. while in japan she extensively exploredthe country and its culture, and picked up traditional elements that would be reinvented and incorporated in her own work for decades to come. currently on at the meguro museum of art is charlotte perriand et le japon, an elaborate exhibition that focuses on perriand's relationship with the land of the rising sun. on display are approx. 500 pieces of furniture, diagrams, documents and photos [on through jun 10]. location: 2-4-36 meguro [meguro-ku].

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