Janette Laverrière was a design visionary. Her modern take on form and material was a half-century ahead of its time. Thanks to a renewed interest in her designs, she’s finally getting some of the recognition she deserves.
Laverrière was born in Switzerland in 1909, but spent most of her life in France. She began her career with Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann and as you would expect, later developed her own style. Her work is among the collections of Paris’ Musée d’Art Moderne and the Mobilier National.
She was a design influence in the 1950’s and 60s, but her objects did not make it into the wide circulation she had hoped for. However, her work has stood the test of time. It was featured in the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary art in March 2008.
Now that her forms have been rediscovered, they are being reproduced in very limited numbers. The limited editions are available through Perimeter Editions.
Laverrière still lives and works in Paris.
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By: Katie Cordrey - Published: Jan 27, 2009 • References: artforum