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LC17 Coat Rack

c. 1957

by Le Corbusier
for Cassina

LC17 Coat Rack

by Le Corbusier
for  Cassina

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LC17 is a coat-rack that was orig­i­nally created by Le Corbusier for the Cabanon, a summer-house on the Cote d’Azur that he designed in 1951 as a birth­day present for Yvonne, his wife. The base is made of oak, while the hooks are mush­room-shaped, and are placed at varying heights, based on the crite­ria estab­lished in the Modulor. 

This re-issue by Cassina is based on the 1957 version that was made for the Unités de Camping, which was next to the Cabanon. In line with the bright colors used for these minimal spaces, keyed on the compact comfort offered by a cruise-ship cabin, the coat-rack too was multi-hued. 

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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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