Designer : Le Corbusier
He is particularly known for his work as an architect. He is the founding father of the “unité d’habitation”, a collective housing concept. He legitimised his status as a designer with the furniture line designed with Charlotte Perriand and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret (LC1, LC2 armchairs, etc.). Sobriety is the major characteristic of Le Corbusier’s furniture.
Le Corbusier was born in Switzerland in 1887 under the name Charles-Edouard Jeanneret. After training as an engraver and chiseller, he studied architecture. He designed the housing units in Marseille, Rezé, Berlin and Briey. He wanted to transform houses into “living machines”. In the 1920s, Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret began a collaboration that resulted in the LC furniture line. The furniture is sober, comfortable, suitable for large spaces and particularly aesthetic. During this same period, he founded the Union des Artistes Modernes. However, it was not until 1965 that the furniture was published by Cassina. Le Corbusier was to enjoy international success as a designer posthumously.