Not only known for her tubular steel furniture, Charlotte Perriand’s work took a defining Eastern lean when she visited Japan in 1940-42. A trip whose influences permeated the rest of her design career, and one which is concisely curated and illustrated at this retrospective exhibition currently on at the Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo.
When in Berlin we highly recommend this exhibition of photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro, currently showing at the Bauhaus-archiv until the 12th of March. The subject, the 17th century Katsura Detached Palace in Kyoto is remarkably contemporary in design and reminiscent of 20th century de Stijl art, in particular the composition of the panelled rooms look like mini Piet Mondrian paintings. This synthesis of East meets West mirrors the photographers own life story, born in the US in 1921, he was interned during WWII, eventually becoming a Japanese citizen in 1969.