Le Corbusier is one of my most influential icons from when I was growing up. I always wanted my mum to swap those molly floral settees for an expensive Le Corbusier chaise lounge – she never did (probably due to the price). In my teens I would dream of having that must have chaise lounge by Le Corbusier. His impact on the furniture industry will most probably never be repeated – not in my opinion anyways!
So who is he??…..
Well, Le Corbusier (born Charles- Édouard Jeanneret-Gris 1887-1965) was a French-Swiss architect, designer and painter. Le Corbusier is most definitely renowned for his pioneering of modern architecture and international style. Whilst studying at La-Chaux-de-Fonds Art School in Paris, Le Corbusier was given training under well known individuals such as Jason Hoffman. Le Corbusier was significantly influenced in his early style by his associates, Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius.
In the 1920’s, Le Corbusier focussed on painting rather than architecture. Le Corbusier had an interest in Purism, which later influenced his architectural style, as well as his planning of urban communities. In 1922, Le Corbusier proposed a plan for a ‘contemporary city’ which would inhabit 3 million people. Le Corbusier believed strongly in efficiency and equality in his designs. He expressed these ideologies in his L’Esprit Nouveau, which published around 1923. In 1935 Le Corbusier published The Radiant City, which proposed a revolutionary plan of housing according to the number of family members rather than economic status of the family. Le Corbusier also designed various buildings around the world. Some of these buildings include the Heidi Weber Museum in Switzerland, Unité d’Habitation in France, the United Nations Headquarters in New York City and the Pavilion in Belgium.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
My most favourite piece of Le Corbusier furniture has to be this all time classic chaise lounge in the style of Le Corbusier pictured below:
I love the modern appeal, chrome aspects and the over all look of the chair. It looks so simple, yet inviting – and that bolster cushion head rest makes me want to chillax out with a book.
Whats your favourite piece of Le Corbusier furniture?