A special screening at the New York School of Interior Design of “Collecting Design: History, Collections and Highlights: Charlotte Perriand and Frank Lloyd Wright” delved into the history behind the featured designers’ collectible furniture and decorative objects. Produced by design historian Daniella Ohad, who leads a course at NYSD of the same name, the short films feature leading experts and cast a careful glance at the lineage and the legacy of Wright and Perriand’s pieces.
Charlotte Perriand and Frank Lloyd Wright are the focus of two short films at NYSID.
With particular focus on Perriand’s social consciousness, the first film explored how the search for “affordable, functional mass-produced furniture” informed not only her furniture design, such as her elegant freeform table, but also certain projects, like the Marseille Unité d'Habitation apartments she worked on with Le Corbusier from 1946 to 1952 (Perriand designed the open kitchen and built-in furniture, among others elements, for the 357 apartments). The second film, on Wright’s work, traced Wright’s changing aesthetic and its impact on the collectability of his works, with four categories of note: Prairie-style furniture; Usonian, 1930s affordable housing furniture; Corporate furniture; and Commercially-produced furniture from the 1950s.
Ohad’s course, “Collecting Design: History, Collections and Highlights” will run in two sessions, held on either Monday or Tuesday, and starting on September 21 and September 22. Learn more.