MODERNISTS UNITE: Culture is again in London and this week, town’s vogue and design crowds returned to the Design Museum to socialize and uncover the brand new exhibition on French architect and designer Charlotte Perriand — courtesy of equipment designer Melissa Morris.
Morris, who runs the impartial label Métier, hosted a chat and exhibition preview on the museum to share her love for Perriand’s modernist ethos.
Speaking to Jo Ellison, editor on the Financial Times’ How to Spend It, Morris spoke about falling in love with Perriand’s work as a college scholar and being drawn to her purpose-driven method to design.
Perriand was finest identified for her purposeful, open-plan designs; her early engagement with the machine age within the ’20s, and her use of supplies like aluminum and chrome. The exhibition, which runs till Sept. 2, explores her early work for the famend Le Corbusier studio, in addition to all of the methods she advanced by taking inspiration from nature or journeys to Japan and later, taking over large-scale tasks like designing the ski resort Les Arcs.
“She came to the fore at a time when design was all about Art Nouveau, Art Deco and a lot of ornamentation. It was a pivotal moment in the design world and a transition to Bauhaus and this idea of designing for purpose and for making people’s lives better rather than for aesthetic. Perriand was a leading force in that,” stated Morris. “To me she stood out, not for the obvious reason of being a woman in a male-dominated world — which is still very relevant — but for her process. She wouldn’t start designing by thinking of the object itself, but rather the people using that object and the experience they’re having.”
Morris has been all about purpose-driven design herself, ever since founding Métier in 2017. Her label is finest identified for its logo-free purses, journey luggage and equipment that normally include purposeful hidden pockets and compartments. They are made of soppy leathers, lined with the identical microfiber utilized in classic luxurious automobiles and have locks, that are reengineered to imitate the sound and sensation of a Porsche door closing.
Inspired by Perriand’s give attention to all issues purposeful and modern, Morris stated she tries to at all times establish “a reason for being” when designing one thing new.
“The idea is to solve, hopefully elegantly, modern problems. When you’re designing something to solve a problem it will remain timeless unless the scope of the problem changes,” stated Morris, who has been adjusting properly to the brand new trade panorama by including house objects to her provide, taking extra customized orders — she even not too long ago created a picnic bag that holds wine bottles — and rising her personal e-commerce platform.
Her boutique on London’s Mount Street can also be again in motion and there are plans to open shops throughout the U.S. within the subsequent 12 months. Later this month, Morris may even be debuting a collaboration with homeware label Cabana.