The LC1 armchair is a design classic that remains vibrant nearly 90 years after its introduction. Included in the design collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the chrome-plated or painted frame is exposed, revealing a functional and intriguing structure. The back is reclined for comfort. Arms are leather straps. The seat and back come in either Saddle leather or Hairy Hide.
This lightweight and compact chair is a counterpoint to the Fauteuil grand confort, more massive, and it is in perfect balance with the table in steel tube and the chaiselongue.
- Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand
- Frame of the Chair is made of Steel
- Seat and Reclining Back are Upholstered in Cassina’s Hairy Hide or Saddle Leather.
- Arms are always Saddle Leather
- When Hairy Hide is specified, the arms will be Saddle Leather in Nero (CN-3). If Saddle Leather is specified, the arms will be Saddle Leather in the color of the seat.
- Height: 64 cm / 25.2 inch
- Seat Height: 40 cm / 15.7 inch
- Arm Height: 58.5 cm / 23 inch
- Width: 60 cm / 23.6 inch
- Depth: 65 cm / 25.6 inch
Established in 1927 in Italy, Cassina has worked side by side with the world’s best designers, becoming a pioneer in European design. Their furniture is inspired by industrial design. In 1964, Cassina took over production of the licensed works of Le Corbusier and his collaborators. It continues to hold the exclusive worldwide license from the Le Corbusier Foundation. Known for excellent quality, Cassina has been convincing design lovers with its unique creations for over 80 years!
Cassina LC1 Side Chair Designed by:
- Jeanneret & Perriand , 1928
- Le Corbusier , 1928
Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand
Pierre Jeanneret, Switzerland, 1896 - 1967 / Charlotte Perriand, France,1903 - 1999
Born in Paris in 1903, Charlotte Perriand designed furniture made of anodized aluminum and chromium-plated steel, showing it at the 1927 Salon d’Automne in Paris. Charlotte Perriand, Swiss-born Pierre Jeanneret and his cousin, Le Corbusier, collaborated on many projects until 1937. Charlotte Perriand had a paramount share in designing much of the furniture the collective produced during those years. The revolutionary tubular steel furnishings designed by the three were presented at the 1929, Salon d’Automne, where they were widely acclaimed. These functional pieces include the Chaise Lounge B306, (later known as the LC4 Chaise Lounge). In 1928 the three designed Grand Confort B302 (which later became the LC3), a comfortable armchair with thick upholstery.
In 1937 Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret collaborated on designing a mountain chalet of sheet aluminum and later they came up with plans for prefab houses made of aluminum. In 1940 Charlotte Perriand became a design consultant to the Japanese Board of Trade. She lived in Japan until 1946 and from then on Charlotte Perriand’s designs reveal overtones of the Japanese feeling for form. In the late 1970s Charlotte Perriand was in charge of issuing a new edition of furniture for Cassina.
In the early fifties Le Corbusier and Jeanneret set out for an urban planning project in Chandigarh, India, designing and producing low cost buildings for the community. Le Corbusier left the project mid-way and Jeanneret became the chief architect and urban planning designer. He stayed in Chandigarh for fifteen years and the city evolved into a landmark of modern architecture.
Switzerland, 1887 – 1965
“Chairs are architecture, sofas are bourgeois.” - Le Corbusier
Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, who chose to be known as Le Corbusier, was born in Switzerland in 1887. As an architect, urban planner, painter, writer, designer and theorist, he was active mostly in France.
In 1922, Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret opened an architectural studio in Paris, a partnership that would last until 1940. They began experimenting with furniture design after inviting the architect Charlotte Perriand to join the studio in 1928. The following year Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand presented several pieces of furniture at the Salon d’Automne, in an installation titled Equipment for the Home. The tubular steel furniture – including the famous LC4 Chaise Lounge and LC2 and LC3 seating collections – projected a new rationalist aesthetic that came to epitomize the International Style.
Le Corbusier combined a passion for classical Greek architecture and an attraction to the modern machine. He published his ideas in a book entitled, Vers une Architecture, in which he refers to the house as a “machine for living,” an industrial product that should include functional furniture or “equipment de l’habitation.” Though Le Corbusier’s illustrious career came to abrupt end in 1965 when he drowned while swimming in the Mediterranean Sea off Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in France, his influence is undisputed. In 1964, while Le Corbusier was still alive, Cassina, of Milan acquired the exclusive worldwide rights to manufacture his furniture designs. Today many copies exist, but Cassina is still the only manufacturer authorized by the Fondation Le Corbusier.