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LC2 Armchair
About the Design

Does anything sound more comfortable than a “cushion basket”? That’s what Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (1887–1965), a.k.a. Le Corbusier, and his collaborators, cousin Pierre Jeanneret (1896–1967) and Charlotte Perriand (1903–99), dubbed the LC2 armchair, the group’s modern take on an age-old form: the club chair.


The LC2 armchair quite literally inverts the traditional construction of a chair (or any piece of furniture, really) using an exoskeleton of chromed tubular steel instead of hiding the construction inside, prioritizing an emphasis on function that boldly declared their modernist approach. Meanwhile, thick leather cushions make the seat exceptionally comfortable and lend it a boxy appearance that is compatible with the architecture and design of the International Style in which the group worked.


The trio conceived the cube-like LC2 in 1928 for exhibition at the 1929 Parisian art fair Salon d’Automne, and Austrian manufacturer Thonet was producing the group's designs at the time. Decades later, in 1965, when the designers’ modernist style had become widely popular, the LC2 armchair was issued by Italian manufacturer and high-end furniture company Cassina, which continues to produce it today, along with the stylistically similar LC3 collection.


The LC2 armchair was born of a period of experimentation with tubular chrome by the Le Corbusier group — archival sketches authored by Le Corbusier and Perriand are demonstrative of a two-year collaborative process, while Le Corbusier's brief identifies the latter as having been put in charge of furniture and interiors. (Furniture designer and architect Marcel Breuer, whose Cesca chair was similarly structured, was also working with chrome.) The use of chrome in the trio’s LC lines was groundbreaking at that point, and its aesthetic aligned well with Le Corbusier’s having given the furniture the mechanical-sounding label “domestic equipment.”


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Pair of 'LC2' Club Chairs by Le Corbusier for Cassina, Signed
By Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This incredibly comfortable pair of Le Corbusier for Cassina (authentic signed) LC2 Club Chairs in gorgeous thick Italian black leather, priced in this listing as a pair (two chairs)...
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Early 2000s Italian Bauhaus Club Chairs

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Chrome

'LC2' Three-Seat Sofa in Black Leather by Le Corbusier for Cassina, Signed
By Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Early 2000s Italian Bauhaus

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Leather, Chrome

'LC2' Club Chairs and Sofa Living Room Set by Le Corbusier for Cassina, Signed
By Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Category

Early 2000s Italian Bauhaus

Materials

Leather, Chrome

Le Corbusier LC2 Black Leather Three-Seat Sofa for Alivar
By Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier, Alivar, Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Sacile, PN
Le Corbusier LC2 black leather three-seat sofa for Alivar. The sofa is in very good conditions. Licensed edition Le Corbusier sofa by Alivar. Alivar was the first licensed manu...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather

Le Corbusier LC2 by Cassina Two-Seat Gray Chamois Leather Sofa, Italia, 1970s
By Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Cassina, Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Palermo, IT
Two-seat gray chamois leather sofa, mod. LC2 designed by Le Corbusier and produced by Cassina in 1970s It features a chromed tubular steel frame Engraved brand visible on a chromed...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Steel

Pair Le Corbusier LC2 Black Leather Chairs by Cassina
By Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Cassina, Pierre Jeanneret
Located in New York, NY
A chic pair of iconic Le Corbusier LC2 black leather armchairs or lounge chairs produced by Cassina, circa 21st Century, Italy. A monochromatic set; upholstered in black leather and ...
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2010s Italian Modern Club Chairs

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Metal