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Collec­tion Chandigarh

by Le Corbusier
for Cassina , Richard Ginori 1735

For Collec­tion Chandi­garh, Cassina takes its inspi­ra­tion from the genius of Le Corbusier for a collec­tion of three trays in pure, unglazed porce­lain. These trays borrow bas-relief symbols chosen for the walls of the build­ings of Chandi­garh, the city designed in the 1950s and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The same proce­dure can be seen in Marseille in the Unité d’Habitation on the sculp­tures moulées, symbolic designs embed­ded by Le Corbusier in the concrete – béton brut – taken from his figu­ra­tive port­fo­lio. Each tray, made by Richard Ginori, includes a design sketched by the Master in 1956:

  • The open hand symbol­iz­ing peace (square tray with rounded corners)
  • The fish (round tray)
  • The move­ment of the sun (rectan­gu­lar tray) 

Cassina Collec­tion in collab­o­ra­tion with Richard Ginori and the Le Corbusier Foundation 


Le Corbusier

Switzerland (1887–1965)

There are perhaps only a handful of people who truly changed the way the 20th Century looked, and Le Corbusier was without a doubt one of them. A self-taught polymath in the fields of architecture, philosophy, and design, Le Corbusier was among the very first to encourage the use of tubular steel and concrete, and certainly a master of those materials. His work emphasizes profile over ornament, with a firm belief that simple geometric forms are best.

Born Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Griss in 1887, by the age of twenty he’d relocated from Switzerland to Paris, shortened his name to Le Corbusier, and designed his first house. Le Corbusier went on to conceive the International Style, a philosophy that favored open floor plans, concrete structures raised on support pillars, and horizontal windows instead of ornamented facades. Buildings like his Radiant City in Marseille remain the ne plus ultra of Modernism and prefigured Brutalism, influencing generations of architects to come. And his furniture has grown even more influential since his death in 1965. Seating like his steel-and-hide LC1 chair are, while radical in their day, are now like timeless classics, often imitated but never bettered.

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