When 24-year-old Charlotte Perriand walked into the studio of Le Corbusier looking for a job, he turned her away. “We don’t embroider cushions here,” the master said. His mind quickly changed when he saw the Bar Sous le Toît rooftop space she created in aluminum, nickel-plated copper, and glass for the Salon D’Automne in Paris. The two embarked on a ten-year collaboration—along with Corbusier’s partner and cousin Pierre Jeanneret—that produced such pieces as the iconic Grand Comfort, a leather and metal chair that debuted at the 1929 Salon d’Automne. “The smallest pencil stroke had to have a point,” Perriand recalled of her time in Corbusier’s studio, “to fulfill a need, or respond to a gesture or posture, and to be achieved at mass-production prices.” via themilanese.