Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 15

Le Corbusier
Unité, Planche 8 (Set of 2)

1965

$12,000

About

An original signed etching with aquatint on Rives BFK paper by French-Swiss artist Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret) (1887-1965) titled "Unité, Planche 8", 1965. Hand pencil signed by Le Corbusier lower right and numbered lower left. Limited edition: VI/XXX, (6/30). As issued, the first 10 examples of this particular rare Roman Numeral edition was accompanied by a second non-colored (black and white) version which is hand-numbered in an edition: VI/X, (6/10). Printed by Atelier Crommelynck and published by Editions A. C. Mazo & Mie both in Paris, France. The "Unité" portfolio was completed in Paris, October 15th, 1965. Sheet size: 22.25" x 17.75". Image size: 16.25" x 12.5". Provenance: private collection South Africa estate, acquired the complete suite from a gallery in Switzerland in the 1970's. It has never been framed, stored in its original issued box by Crommelynck since its inception. Excellent condition. Extremely rare, scarce two piece set. There were 3 editions printed for the "Unité" suite: 1. 130 arabic numbered copies on Rives paper. 2. 30 copies reserved to the artist and collaborators, numbered in roman numerals: I - XXX. (The edition offered here*). 3. 65 copies reserved for the publisher: A. C. Mazo and Cie. Le Corbusier was visionary writer, theorist, and architect, and a lesser-known painter. Born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, he adopted his moniker when he began to author architectural designs and paintings. He had a fascination with proportion, modularity, and geometry, often taking his cue from classical architecture theory. His designs, however, were modernist and industrial. He fondly called houses “machines for living in,” and said that the base principal for design is that “it must be beautiful.” Le Corbusier was interested in solving what he called the problem of urban co-habitation, and produced a great number of designs for houses and apartment buildings. Le Corbusier worked at the atelier of Peter Behrens, the training grounds of other architectural masters like Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius.

Details

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Saint Augustine, FL
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

About Le Corbusier (Artist)

Swiss-born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, best known by his adopted name Le Corbusier, was a highly influential architect, designer, painter, urban planner and writer whose career spanned almost five decades. A pioneer of progress-minded modern architecture, Le Corbusier sought to impose a rational order on the chaos of the world through design. He rejected the excessive architectural ornament and developed a style that became known as Brutalism, creating buildings with elemental geometric forms that were made of industrial materials such as steel and reinforced concrete. Le Corbusier believed that pure, well-designed spaces could offer a lesson in how little is needed to achieve happiness. To convey this notion, the architect prioritized modern, open interiors and emphasized light, rational designs. His architecture and interiors share a clear sense of space and structural order, underlining the beauty in harmony, proportion and simplicity.


     Le Corbusier’s furniture espouses these same ideals. His designs are spare, minimal and efficient but at the same time offer supreme comfort. Collaborating with his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret, and designer Charlotte Perriand, he devised such iconic pieces as the LC2 Le Grand Confort armchair and the LC4 chaise longue. Each couples a tubular chrome frame with soft, supple leather upholstery, lending an organic warmth to an industrially made design. In his furniture, Le Corbusier broke new ground in ergonomics. The shape of the LC4 chaise is taken directly from the human form; the classic cowhide upholstery makes the sitter feel weightless; and the piece features an adjustable positioning mechanism to promote total relaxation.


     Such planning and intelligence were the hallmarks of Le Corbusier’s career. Whether in his designs for private residences such as the Villa Savoye near Paris, apartment towers like the Unité D'habitation in Marseilles, or in his furniture, he worked toward a style of living that was expansive and flexible. The strength and simplicity of line of Le Corbusier’s seating pieces give them a sculptural presence in any décor, yet they are sublimely restful. And as you will see from the offerings on these pages, Le Corbusier’s furniture reflects a worldly taste: it is at once refined, cosmopolitan and chic.

About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
Platinum Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 1978
1stDibs seller since 2015
825 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: <1 hour
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Unité, Planche 16
By Le Corbusier
Located in Palm Desert, CA
color aquatint and etching image: 16 1/4 x 12 1/4 in. sheet: 22 3/8 x 17 3/4 in. From an edition of 130 Signed in pencil lower right, “Le Corbusier”. On the print "L-C 16 13,8,53...
Category

1960s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Aquatint, Etching

Untitled - Original Etching by Le Corbusier - 1953
By Le Corbusier
Located in Roma, IT
Hand signed. Edition of 100 prints in Roman and Arab numbers, one of the 30 prints in roman numbers. Rare artwork from one of the most important architects of the XX century. Image d...
Category

1950s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Etching

Otherworldly by Le Corbusier (1963) - modern lithograph
By Le Corbusier
Located in New York, NY
This lithograph was produced in an unknown but limited edition and is signed in the plate at the bottom right. It was printed at the Atelier Mourlot on heavy Arches paper and has bee...
Category

Mid-20th Century Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Panurge Portfolio by Le Corbusier
By Le Corbusier
Located in New York, NY
Le Corbusier Serie Panurge, printed by Mourlot, Paris 1962, is an interpretation of Rabelais’ series of novels: Gargantua and Pantagruel. This stunning portfolio is comprised of a ti...
Category

1960s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Serie Panurge
By Le Corbusier
Located in Wilton, CT
Le Corbusier s Serie Panurge, printed by Mourlot, Paris, is an interpretation of Rabelais Gargantua and Pantagruel series. This handsome album comprises a title page in color, one te...
Category

1960s Abstract Abstract Prints

Materials

Engraving

Composition with Red Hand for Chandigarh - Original Lithograph
By Le Corbusier
Located in Paris, FR
Le Corbusier (1887-1965) Composition with red hand for Chandigarh, 1963 Original lithograph Signature printed in the plate Dated in the plate On vellum 64.5 x 49.5 cm (c. 25.4 x 19....
Category

1960s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

No title
By Le Corbusier
Located in Paris, FR
Lithograph, 1938 Handsigned by the artist in pencil and numbered 28/100 Publisher : A. Morancé 39.00 cm. x 50.00 cm. 15.35 in. x 19.69 in. (paper) 18.00 cm. x 27.00 cm. 7.09 in. x ...
Category

1930s Abstract Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Femme a la Main Levee
By Le Corbusier
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Signed in the plate, on arches paper, slight creases lower left corner but otherwise in very good condition. Printed by Mourlot in Paris. Exhibition poster by Charles Edouard Jeanne...
Category

1950s Abstract Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery