ARCHITECT's Ayda Ayoubi shares a look at a new exhibition at the Venus Over Manhattan art gallery in New York shines a spotlight on the late French designer Charlotte Perriand's life and work.

Featuring 50 items Perriand designed over the span of nearly eight decades of her career, this exhibition offers an "incredible insight into the holistic approach of Perriand's design philosophy," according to Venus Over Manhattan. Curated in collaboration with Laffanour Galerie Downtown in Paris, and titled "Charlotte Perriand," the exhibition is believed to be the largest of its kind ever opened in New York, according to the art gallery.

Although considered one of the most influential designers of the 20th century, Perriand is not as celebrated as her contemporaries, including modernist legends like Walter Gropious, Otto Bartning, Marcel Breuer, and Le Corbusier. In 1927, 24-year-old Perriand—who was by then a graduate of the École de l'Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and a talented furniture designer—applied to a job at Le Corbusier's studio and was instantly rejected by him with the infamous rebuff: "We don't embroider cushions here."

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