Design classic – Le Corbusier LC2
The LC2 was originally designed for the 1929 Salon d’Automne, the annual exhibition in Paris that focuses on paintings and sculptures but also includes some furniture. More than 80 years later this classic piece is still seen in interiors all over the world so deserves its place in our Design class series.
Le Corbusier was a French Swiss architect who is famous for his contribution to the modernism style. His buildings can be found around the world. In 1928 Le Corbusier started working with the architect Charlotte Perriand at his studio. Until this time Le Corbusier had used furniture made by others to furnish his projects. The new partnership however gave him chance to start to design his own furniture and create some of the iconic pieces we all love.
The LC2 is available as an armchair, a 2 seater sofa or a 3 seater sofa. The LC2 was described as Fauteuil grand confort, petit modèle” (“great comfort sofa, small model”). The armchair envelopes you when you sit in it, the deep cushions ensure it is extremely comfortable. Although designed over 80 years ago the furniture sits perfectly in any interior designed today.
The original versions in leather are beautiful but if you want to add colour to your interior the range is now available in a wide range of other fabrics. This can be combined with different colour rails to make a totally individual piece of furniture. Just remember to ensure you will still want to live with the colour combination 10 years later!
As with any design classic there are many reproductions available but a true original can only be manufactured by Cassina. They have held the licence since 1964 to produce the entire range of Le Corbusier furniture. Although significantly more expensive an original LC2 has much more style and longevity than a cheap repro copy. This furniture will last a lifetime. Look for the signature of the designer near the upper chrome rail on the right hand side to check the authenticity.
Whether you choose the armchair, the 2 seat sofa or the 3 seat sofa you will never regret the purchase of the LC2. Le Corbusier designed it to be enjoyed anywhere – where would you put it in your home?