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Le Corbusier
(1887-1965)


Swiss born Charles Edouard Jeanneret who was later known as Le Corbusier. Being attracted to the visual arts, he studied at the La-Chaux-de-Fonds Art School under Charles L’Eplttenier.

 In 1910 he was an apprentice at the acclaimed studios of Peter Behrens in Berlin (where both Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius worked and trained). He soon returned to Switzerland to teach and practice architecture.

 

Le Corbusier's 'Domino House' became his first milestone of innovative and inspirational creation. His use of reinforced concrete (supported by steel pillars) negated the necessity for the usual confining supporting walls, thus creating an early example of 'the open plan' interior.

 

In 1917 he left Switzerland once again, and returned to Paris and the vibrant culture and the art laced community inspired him to begin painting and writing. Throughout the 1920's he continued to produce a number of Architectural books and his periodical journal 'L esprit Nouveau'. As co-founder of the Congres Internationaux d'Architecture Moderne (CIAM), he promoted his personal philosophy of architecture as part of what he called "the machine of living", an inextricable component of life and living.

 

In 1928 together with his contemporary collaborators Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand his studio began designing furniture for his architectural design projects.

 

He termed his Chaise Lounge the tubular steel 'Relaxing Machine'. The trio went on to design other classics such as 'The Grand Comfort' Series still loved today, and suited to the perfectly modern, open plan homes.

 

All items are Le Corbusier inspired designs.



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