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Furniture of architects: Le Corbusier

Usually the great architects of the last century they not only dedicated themselves to changing the conception of architecture, but also had time to revolutionize the industrial design.

Among the most active are Charles Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le corbusier. Throughout his career he devised different pieces of furniture; chairs, armchairs, sofas, tables ... whose designs have transcended to this day. In fact, I was about to buy one of their sofas for my dining room.

Today I am going to show you your first four series, which are also the best known. It is important to note that, although they encompass elements as different from each other as an armchair, a deck chair and sofas of various sizes, they have many elements in common; they share a structure based on steel tubes, the upholstery is made of bovine leather and a taste for the line and the plane, constant in his way of conceiving architecture.

The first series, called LC1, is a light armchair. The backrest and seat are defined by two leather planes supported by two steel frames. The clear dissociation of the structure makes it appear that it is floating in the air.

The series LC2 Y LC3 they are very similar, a range of sofas and armchairs of various sizes; from one to three seats. A set of steel bars wrap and support a prismatic cushion system. The result; pure and simple lines, the basic idea of ​​a sofa taken to the extreme. It could be reduced to a set of planes that cut each other. Try to draw it and you will see that you will not need many lines.

Finally, the LC4, is a deck chair. Of course, it is a series of broken planes that form the backrest, supported by a metal structure with many references to architecture. The head cushion is another pure geometric shape, a cylinder. Look again at your lightness, it seems that levitating.

From the visual and geometric point of view, these are true artworks, fruit of a long process of abstraction. However, this eagerness for the plane and line sometimes leads to furniture that is not as comfortable as one would like, especially the sofas, whose backrests so perpendicular to the seat and low height, to preserve the proportions, are uncomfortable after sitting. Thus, they are very interesting pieces if their use is punctual, as in an office or a room with little waiting.

As an anecdote, they are the sofas in the Princeton-Pleisboro, the hospital where House works, who also owns a copy of the Lounge chair designed by Charles Eames, with its matching footrest.

You can get replicas to very affordable prices, although its price varies depending on the manufacturer and the quality of the finishes.

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