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Charles-Édouard Le Corbusier

Charles-Édouard Le Corbusier

Popularly known as Le Corbusier, Charles-Édouard Le Corbusier, was born in Switzerland, 1887, and became a Frech national in the year 1930. He was half Swiss and half French. Le Corbusier can be coined as the "Jack of all Trades" when it came to art, design and fashion. He was one of the gifted artists who made modern architecture what it is today. To date, he has buildings that stand, and is spread all throughout India, Northern America and the grand of Europe.

Le Corbusier was a great influence, especially when improving urban living conditions is concerned. One of the anchors of modern architecture, he was fully involved in urban planning. He was also one of the founding members of the CIAM, or the Congrès International d'Architecture Moderne.

Le Corbusier began experimenting with furniture design in 1928 after inviting the architect, Charlotte Perriand, to join his studio. His cousin, Pierre Jeanneret, also collaborated on many of the designs. Before the arrival of Perriand, Le Corbusier relied on ready-made furniture to furnish his projects, such as the simple pieces manufactured by Thonet, the company that manufactured his designs in the 1930s.

In 1928, Le Corbusier and Perriand began to put the expectations for furniture Le Corbusier outlined in his 1925 book L'Art Décoratif d'aujourd'hui into practice. In the book he defined three different furniture types: type-needs, type-furniture, and human-limb objects. He defined human-limb objects as: "Extensions of our limbs and adapted to human functions that are type-needs and type-functions, therefore type-objects and type-furniture. The human-limb object is a docile servant. A good servant is discreet and self-effacing in order to leave his master free. Certainly, works of art are tools, beautiful tools. And long live the good taste manifested by choice, subtlety, proportion, and harmony".

The first results of the collaboration were three chrome-plated tubular steel chairs designed for two of his projects, The Maison la Roche in Paris and a pavilion for Barbara and Henry Church. The line of furniture was expanded for Le Corbusier's 1929 Salon d'Automne installation, 'Equipment for the Home'.

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