Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier
Swiss-French, 1887 - 1965
Le Corbusier was an architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer and one of the pioneers of the so-called “modern architecture”. He rationalized the space to be functional, adapted to human needs, cleared from any superficial ornamentation, based on geometry, and explored new materials such as concrete, steel and glass. At the end of the 1920s, a collaboration started between Le Corbusier, his cousin Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, young talented designer, to invent how people would inhabit his architectural creations, what Charlotte Perriand called the “art of living”. Together, they created refined shapes, sometimes abstract but always rational, where the form depended on the function. The pieces of furniture are sober, comfortable, elegant and perfectly adapted to the architectural spirit of the large spaces designed by Le Corbusier.
They combine leather or cow skin with a chromed steel structure (revolutionary at the time) and bear simple and consistent names comprising the architect’s initials LC, followed by a number. Despite the intention of Le Corbusier that his furniture should be inexpensive and mass-produced, it was finally produced only in small series by the luxury manufacturing company Cassina from 1965.