The exhibition showcases 16 lights by Isamu Noguchi, as well as 25 objects by Charlotte Perriand, including tables, chairs, stools, and benches. Noguchi and Perriand are two of the twentieth century’s most important creators. Noguchi’s work took its form in sculptures, furniture and lighting designs, ceramics, and architecture. The artist forged a new milieu by embracing traditional Japanese materials while also creating economic opportunity for post-World War II Japanese villages through his much-lauded light paper sculptures. Perriand’s work was distinguished by its commitment to functional living spaces and its iconic style was often expressed through collaborations with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. Noguchi and Perriand are the exclusive designers in this new presentation and all pieces on view are from Laffanour – Galerie Downtown Paris.
Standout pieces by Noguchi include the Akari 21N floor lamp and the Akari 30P ceiling lamp. Highlights by Perriand include the Shadow chair (1956), the Tokyo bench (1959) and the unique Japon low bench (1966), which clearly articulates the profound effect Japan had on her work. Also included are archival materials from both creators originally owned by their shared gallerist Steph Simon and acquired by Laffanour – Galerie Downtown Paris. On display will be Noguchi’s attaché case complete with travel documents.