During the majority of the previous century, department stores took on a leading role in shaping style and public taste in matters of interior design and furnishings. Beyond their commercial interest, department stores sought to play an influential role as taste makers. One of the more interesting case studies of this phenomenon was the installation that Charlotte Perriand did in 1955 at the Japanese department store Takashimaya in Tokyo. Entitled “Synthesis of the Arts,” it was initiated by the French Embassy, and intended as a showcase of furniture and work of art by contemporary French artists and designers. Among the more sensational pieces that this exhibition came to show the Japanese public were tapestries by Le Corbusier, sculptures and paintings by Fernand Léger and Charlotte Perriand own furniture.