A spirited advocate of Modernism, Le Corbusier created a range of chairs, including the LC3 Grand Confort, that expressed his ideals with great sophistication. Le Corbusier designed the original LC3 Confort collection based on the human scale. The original prototypes have spring rear legs that made the chair slant back when in use. The mechanism did not function properly and the surviving examples all look as though the rear legs have been cut off. The LC3 prototypes were also painted since the construction methods did not allow proper chrome plating.
Mrs. Heidi Weber of Zurich first put the Le Corbusier collection into production in 1959. With the approval of Le Corbusier, she changed the appearance of the chair. She removed the spring mechanism and used fabricating methods which allowed the frame to be chromed. She also gave the cushions a more formal, tailored look. Her contribution to the re-design of the collection contributed to the commercial success of the collection. Whereas the LC2 and LC3 Grand have firm and tailored cushions, the LC3 Soft will take on a less formal appearance of "broken-in luxe."
Le Corbusier’s designed many of his famous pieces in the late 1920s with the collaboration of Charlotte Perriand. It was their endeavor to create functional pieces that would help produce a better society. “The extension of the art of dwelling is the art of living – living in harmony with man’s deepest drives and with his adopted and fabricated environment.” (Charlotte Perriand, 1981)
Made in Italy.
Dimensions: H 30" D 30" W 94 1/2"; SH 16 1/2"; ArH 26"
Materials: LC3 Grand Confort Soft three seat upholstered sofa with polished chrome tubular frame. Cushions stuffed with foam and down. Upholstered in leather or fabric.
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