artist - architect
Charles Edouard Jeanneret, called Le Corbusier, was born in the city La Chaux-de-Fonds, in Canton Jura, a small republic, whose official language is French, part of the Swiss Confederation.
In the beginning of his career in architecture his work encountered some scepticism as it was found somehow revolutionary in its nature and subversive in its look, nevertheless Le Corbusier's designs gained a vast professional recognition, and today are regarded as some of the most valid innovative concepts of the period between 1900 and 2000.
Le Corbusier's designs in architecture, urban planning and furniture, are based on his theory of functionalism and in the use of new symbols. One of these is concept of flat roofs, that the introduction of the use of reinforced concrete in architecture made attainable; these types of roofs have an alternative look to that of the traditional sloping ones, and give room to creative experiments like the realization of recreation open spaces and gardens hosted on their top. In Le Corbusier’s philosophy the creation of new functions in design is aimed at originating modern values.
In his creative work aesthetic is one of the focal points. Most of Le Corbusier's furniture designs were developed with the aim of exploring this concept in creative collaboration with Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, designers who shared his interest in the research for distinctive looks related to a concept of new functionalism. In 1928 the team introduced a series of innovative metal furniture which immediately became classic.
Known as the Equipement Inténeur De L' Habitation, and shown at Salon d' Automne of Paris in 1929, the furniture was produced in a small number. Designs included the world famous chair Chaise Longue LC4 and the armchair L02. In 1964 the design company Cassina bought exclusive rights to Le Corbusier's furniture designs, and worked closely with him and Charlotte Perriand to produce these pieces without altering their original concept. Each piece manufactured by firm Cassina has an official mark that identifies it as an original item, and a unique issue number.