When Charlotte Perriand return to France from Vietnam in 1947, she opened her own atelier in Paris and became involved with Le Corbusier’s Unite d'Habitation, his milestone mass housing complex in Marseilles. In this self-contained city for a new 21st century consumer society, Perriand crafted the prototype of the perfect family dwelling: spacious, private, and full of sunlight, with an open kitchen bar integrated into the living room, and a separation between children’s and parents’ bedrooms. With this project, Perriand put her trademark on the way people across the globe came to live in the postwar decades. This chapter of her career will be covered in my upcoming film on collecting Perriand's furniture. Images: Courtesy of Foundation Le Corbusier.