Sunday, November 1, 2009

* 11.01 // Profile: Le Corbusier

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, who later decided to be known as Le Corbusier (October 6, 1887 – August 27, 1965), was a Swiss-French architect, designer, urbanist, writer and also painter, who is famous for being one of the pioneers of what now is called Modern architecture or the International Style. He was born in Switzerland, but became a French citizen in his 30s.

He was a pioneer in studies of modern high design and was dedicated to providing better living conditions for the residents of crowded cities. His career spanned five decades, with his buildings constructed throughout central Europe, India, Russia, and one each in North and South America. He was also an urban planner, painter, sculptor, writer, and modern furniture designer.

In the first issue of the journal, in 1920, Charles-Edouard Jeanneret adopted Le Corbusier, an altered form of his maternal grandfather's name, "Lecorbésier", as a pseudonym, reflecting his belief that anyone could reinvent himself. Some architectural historians claim that this pseudonym translates as "the crow-like one."[2] Adopting a single name to identify oneself was in vogue by artists in many fields during that era, especially among those in Paris.

- Some iconic Le Corbusier pieces are featured below.

*Le Corbusier Chaise Lounge:
The SL198, Chaise Lounge (1928), dubbed the "relaxing machine," is a lounge that mirrors the body's natural curves while appearing to float above its supports. A tubular bow-shaped frame holds a bed of fabric and hides atop a rectilinear steel base. The movable frame adjusts along the base from upright to full recline with ease, anticipating later ergonomic furniture.

*Le Corbusier Grande Modern LC2
The Le Corbusier SL141, or Grande Modern LC2 sofa set collection is one of the best designs by Le Corbusier for the 1929 Salon d'Automne. It offers classy, contemporary, modern styling for the home or office.The cushions are removable and made of multi-density foam for plush comfort and firm support. The leather is hand-selected, expertly sewn and piped. The lines are clean, straight and precise.

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