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LC2 Sofas

Le Corbusier LC2 Sofa

The LC2 sofa was created in 1928 by a team led by master architect Le Corbusier. An insight into their thinking can be seen by the name that they gave to its style - “cushion baskets” – and they do indeed consist of several cushions carefully arranged in a stainless steel frame. In addition, Le Corbusier gave the LC2 another description - petit confort - and it is indeed a very comfortable place in which to wile away an hour. Or several. As a modernist take on the traditional club sofa, it is an undeniable design classic.

le corbusierLe Corbusier (1887 – 1965)

A contemporary of another pioneer of modern architecture, Mies van der Rohe. Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris (or Le Corbusier) was born in the Jura Mountains, Switzerland. After the working across Europe, Le Corbusier became an influential, if controversial, proponent of modernism and the skyscraper.

After attending art school he travelled and worked extensively throughout Europe, picking up influences wherever he went until the outbreak of war in 1914, when he returned home to take up a teaching post.

After the Great War he emerged as one of the leading theorists of modernist architecture and in some respects he is the father of the modern skyscraper, with his radical plans for ‘cities in the sky’ as a solution to the problem of urban slums and town planning. As with other modernists, his design ethic favoured simple lines realised using modern materials and manufacturing processes.

This design ethic was also reflected in his designs for the furniture of his buildings in the late 1920s. The LC1, LC2, LC3 and LC4 are tubular steel chairs, mass constructed, and are widely considered to epitomise early twentieth century modernist furniture design.

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