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Service Prunier

c. 1961

by Le Corbusier
for Cassina , Richard Ginori 1735

The Service Prunier table­ware, designed by Le Corbusier, was created for the Prunier restau­rant in London. In 1961, owner Madame Prunier asked Corbusier to design a table­ware collec­tion for her restau­rant with the inter­lock­ing hands motif found on the bottom of the Les Mains tapes­try, which the Master designed in 1951 displayed in a private room of the estab­lish­ment. Le Corbusier used the plates himself, which, as he loved to say, combined quality and taste, or the taste of forms.” In collab­o­ra­tion with Richard Ginori, Cassina has reis­sued the table­ware with full respect for the orig­i­nal project, paying close atten­tion to and focus­ing on its authen­tic­ity. Service Prunier includes a plate, soup dish, dessert plate, and coffee cup with saucer and is made of white porce­lain, like the model, with Le Corbusier’s orig­i­nal design applied by hand.

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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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