Jean-Louis Lotiron & Pernette Perriand-Barsac met in the late 1960s, when new concepts, such as the ephemeral and mobility, were causing upheavals in architecture. “Caravaning” which was developing across the board at that time, and the industrialization of constructions (new materials: honeycomb airplane floors, synthetic materials, nylon fabrics, reinforced cardboard…) permitted the emergence of new forms which had a powerful influence on their works. Japanese folded paper systems also lay at the root of many models which seem to have finished once and for all with the old “post-and-beam” system. Their works thus propose a vision of architecture that is light, nomadic and alternative, contrasting with postwar urbanism.
Jean-Louis Lotiron & Pernette Perriand-Barsac met at the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafs (CNAM), where, in particular, they attended Jean Prouvé’s courses. Jean-Louis Lotiron (1940) also studied at the Advanced School of Fine Arts in Paris, in the architecture section, from which he graduated in 1969. There, he took the Atelier Albert classes, and went to Japan, a trip made possible by the exchanges between that workshop and the Masuda workshop, in 1964-65. Pernette Perriand-Barsac (1944), daughter of Charlotte Perriand, a photographer, and her mother’s biographer, trained at the School of Decorative Arts and in her mother’s studio, before joining the CNAM. Jean-Louis Lotiron & Pernette Perriand-Barsac are today involved in architectural and scenographic activities, each in their own way.