CLASSIC DESIGN: The ‘LC2’ ARMCHAIR

June 19, 2017 / Classics, SHOPPING / 0 Comments

A CHAIR OF FORM, FUNCTION AND COMFORT

 

 

In 1929, the ‘LC2’ armchair was shown at the annual Salon d’Automne art fair in Paris. It was part of a modern apartment set that had glass floors and ceilings

In 1929, the ‘LC2’ armchair was shown at the annual Salon d’Automne art fair in Paris. It was part of a modern apartment set that had glass floors and ceilings

 

Designed by Architects Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999), Pierre Jeanneret (1896-1967) and Modernist master Le Corbusier (1887-1965). The collaboration between all three would result in one of the most iconic chairs of the 20th century, the ‘LC2’, also known as the ‘Grand Confort’.

1920's original drawings for the LC2, also known as the also known as the ‘Grand Confort’

1920’s original drawings for the LC2, also known as the also known as the ‘Grand Confort’

 

Inspiration Le Corbusier’s favourite club chair, manufactured by London company Maples, is believed to have been an inspiration for the ‘LC2’, which is constructed using chromium-plated tubular steel and has five cushions – three for the sides and two for the base. The chair was presented in Paris at the 1929 Salon d’Automne as part of a furniture collection titled ‘L’Equipement Intérieur d’une habitation’ (‘Equipment for the Home’), which was arranged within a gleaming apartment that had a glass floor and ceiling.

 

Watch the film! In 2015 the LC2 celebrated its 50th anniversary of being produced by Italian furniture manufacturer Cassina. 

 

 

Why we love it Le Corbusier’s principles informed the design: he believed that furniture was a tool to serve human needs. ‘A good servant is discreet and self-effacing in order to leave his master free,’ he said, adding that ‘works of art are tools, beautiful tools.’ Beautifully relevant today as it was first shown in 1929, the sculptural steel frame and feather-filled cushions combine form, function and comfort.

 

Buy it now £4,410.00 from aram.co.uk

The ‘LC2’ armchair

The ‘LC2’ armchair

 

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