Monday, May 16, 2011


"Le Corbuiser"

An Architect, Designer ,Urbanist, Writer and Painter.Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris was born in Switzerland and later became a French citizen, and was one of the founding pioneers in "Modern Architecture" or "International Style".  A career that spanned five decades and buildings all around the world. He took on the pseudonym in the 1920's "Le Corbuiser" Which stems from the french word for the crow-like one.   He studied visual art's and architecture in Switzerland. Le Corbusier would often travel around europe sketching filling in his breaks. He worked for many famous Architects around Europe aswell. During World War One He fled back to Switzerland and taught at his old school, and returning to Paris after the war.

In 1922 Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret opened an architecture design studio and set up shop, Through this partnership they achieved amazing status and won awards and lots of commission work; it is through this partnership that used to rely on other companies to furnish their buildings that Le Corbusier brought out his expectations of furniture type.
The first results of the collaboration were three chrome-plated tubular steel chairs designed for two of his projects, The Maison la Roche in Paris and a pavilion for Barbara and Henry Church. The line of furniture was expanded for Le Corbusier's 1929 Salon d'Automne installation,Equipment for the Home.
The most famous of these chairs are the now-iconic LC-1, LC-2, LC-3, and LC-4, originally titled "Basculant" (LC-1), "Fauteuil grand confort, petit modèle" (LC-2, "great comfort sofa, small model"), "Fauteil grand confort, grand modèle" (LC-3, "great comfort sofa, large model"), and "Chaise longue" (LC-4, "Long chair", English: "chaise lounge").[13] The LC-2 and LC-3 are more colloquially referred to as the petit confortand grand confort (abbreviation of full title, and due to respective sizes). The LC-2 (and similar LC-3) have been featured in a variety of media, notably the Maxell "blown away" advertisement.[14]
In the year 1964, while Le Corbusier was still alive, Cassina S.p.A. of Milan acquired the exclusive worldwide rights to manufacture his furniture designs. Today many copies exist, but Cassina is still the only manufacturer authorized by the Fondation Le Corbusier; -

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