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Le Corbusier Building and Garden Elements

French, Swiss, 1887-1965

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 trailblazing designer Charlotte Perriand, he devised such iconic pieces as the LC2 Petit 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 sofas and other seating pieces give them a sculptural presence in any décor, yet they are sublimely restful. And as you will see on 1stDibs, Le Corbusier’s furniture reflects a worldly taste: it is at once refined, cosmopolitan and chic.

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Creator: Le Corbusier
"Cité Radieuse" Staricase by Charles Edouard Jeanneret Known as Le Corbusier
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Larch uprights, eleven steps in exotic wood. Ramps in black lacquered metal made by Jean Prouvé workshop. Restoration of use and maintenance on the ramps. Provenance: Housing unit, Briey en Forêt. The staircase, identical in each duplex, is the result of a close collaboration between Jean Prouve and Le Corbusier. Its beginnings date back to 1922. Le Corbusier wanted to create then "vertical garden cities", capable of responding simultaneously to the aspiration of the individual house (in contact with nature) and to the advantages of the collective building (access to modern facilities ). This idea, perfected during the 1930s, led to a large building project in 1939 with "inner streets", "duplex" apartments, equipped roof terraces and integrated businesses. The Housing Unit of Briey, also called Radiant City of Briey-en-Forêt, is a housing unit built between 1959 and 1960 in Meurthe-et-Moselle by the French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier according to the model he has established for Marseilles. The housing project is part of a broader project of a new residential district in the heart of the forest, in this town in the Lorraine coalfield. It is Georges-Henri Pingusson who is the chief architect of this neighbourhood project and who also realizes two sets of 100 homes and a school near the unit. The goal is to house the population then in full increase in connection with the expansion of iron mines and the steel industry. In 1955, Le Corbusier officially contacted the Briey town hall, he was named chief architect of the project and André Wogenscky...
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  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
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    Le Corbusier invented a style of design called brutalism, which is characterized by unornamented, sleek and smooth furniture and architecture. The design style emphasizes hand-crafted, natural elements and rejects modern materials and technology. Shop a range of Le Corbusier furniture on 1stDibs.
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