The History of the LC2 Le Corbusier Chair and Sofa.
Today, we all know the name “Le Corbusier”. The pioneer of the Modernist Movement.
However, Le Corbusier, is actually a pseudonym for the Swiss-born French architect, urbanest, writer, and designer, Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (1887-1965).
Le Corbusier designed many famous structures across Europe, India, and America, and he is renown for his contributions in the field of urban-planning.
The LC2 projected a new modernist aesthetic that came to epitomise the ‘’International Style’’
It was in the late 1920s, that he developed his design ambitions to include furniture, and it was 1928 that his famous LC2 Le Corbusier Chair and Sofa were developed.
The LC2 Sofa and LC2 Chair were designed by Le Corbusier in association with his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret, and Charlotte Perriand.
The LC3 Le Corbusier Sofa and Chair , the larger versions of the more famous “petit” LC2 models, were also created by Le Corbusier around the same time.
Charlotte Perriand, the French Modernist designer died in 1999 at 96, her career spanned nearly the entire 20th century, While Perriand’s contributions have been widely ignored in most design histories, Le Corbusier enjoyed a huge notoriety. His career spanned several decades, and he is best remembered for his influence on the development of the modernist design theory, especially in architecture and furniture. Albeit a minority, some people did see just how formidable and magnificent Charlotte Perriand’s work was, and considered her to be one of the greatest modern furniture designers of the 20th century. Today her designs fetch formidable prices.
The clean sharp lines of the industrial style designs are brilliantly simple and minimalistic, reflecting Le Corbusier’s strict adherence to his own design philosophy, which would eventually become central to the modernist credo:
‘’That a useful object’s composition must be informed clearly and directly by its intended function.’’
It is this philosophy that has allowed the LC2, and many of Le Corbusier’s other designs, to become timeless iconic pieces of furniture art, and as popular today as they were nearly a century ago.
The tubular steel furniture is in the permanent design collection of the Museum of Modern Art. The LC2 projected a new modernist aesthetic that came to epitomise the ‘’International Style’’, and inspired many of today’s greatest young designers to create unique modern furniture collections for the home and commercial environments.
The latest, and destined to be a huge success, is the Le Bauhaus Sofas and Chairs designed and created by the in house design team from Retro Europe. They realised the basic need to create a new Modernistic Styled sofa and chair that is bigger and more comfortable for the 21st Century user, but still retaining the basic design philosophy of Le Corbusier.