The LC5 sofa designed by Le Corbusier for Cassina features a tubular steel frame available in seven color finishes as well as chrome. Cushions are composed of polyurethane foam and feather padding. Upholstered removable covers feature zippers and are available in a number of textile and leather options. One of our favorite options is the black enameled frame with the super Lux Pelle Natural 13Z305 black leather. Pelle Natural is a natural full-grain leather that has been aniline vat dyed. Imperfections and unevenness are characteristic of this type of leather which has not been corrected in any way: this guarantees the maximum degree of beauty and feel of true leather.
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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