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KANAGAWA

“Charlotte Perriand et le Japon”

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, KAMAKURA

by Yuhei Wada

Staff Writer

In the early 1920s, Charlotte Perriand studied furniture design at the Ecole de l’Union Centrale des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. She was later invited by the great architect Le Corbusier to join his studio and design interiors.

In 1940, Perriand came to Japan as an adviser to the Ministry of Trade and Industry on industrial design and the exporting of craftworks. She fell in love with the country and its culture, which came to influence her later work, but had to leave when World War II broke out.

Through five sections, this exhibition reveals the influence of Japanese materials and designs reflected in Perriand’s works. Representative pieces, including a long chair made of bamboo, will be displayed with sketches, photographs and letters she exchanged with her Japanese friends; till Jan. 9.

The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura; (0467) 22-5000; 2-1-53 Yukinoshita, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa; 10-min walk from Kamakura Station, JR Yokosuka line. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥900. Closed Mon. and Dec. 29 to Jan. 3. www.moma.pref.kanagawa.jp.