Design Notes from the Barcelona Chair: The LC Collection
One major breakthrough in furniture of the XXth Century is, without a doubt the LC Collection.
The LC Collection named this way due to its creator Le Corbusier one of the capital minds of Modernism (1887-1965) meant a huge revolution in the world of furniture at the time, in terms of concept, functionality, and materials. Released in 1928, its quite relevant today, and its renditions are sold all over the world.
The LC Collection was born taking into practice a whole series of principles elaborated along with Charlotte Perriand, and vested in their book L’Art Décoratif d’aujourd’hui, in 1925. In its work, Le Corbusier exposed its influential ideas about the three types of different furniture: Type Need, Type Furniture, and Human Limb Objects. Furniture must act as Human Limb Objects, adapting to the human body as a docile, discrete, good servant.
The LC Collection really knows on how to server your body not only with servility, but with comfort and style. Formed by at least 19 items, its more recognizable and popular elements are the seat
solutions, like the LC1 Chair, The LC2 and LC3 Series (Chairs, Sofas, and Loveseats), the Chaise Longue (LC4), and the LC5 Sofa Bed. It’s amazing to recognize how popular are today all these items, just taking a look in any web furniture store, even though the collection was released in 1928.
Comfortable, beautiful and revolutionary in many aspects, the LC2 items in the LC collection were praised due to surprising use of steel and its combination with leather and fabrics.
The LC2 and LC3 Collections (1928) are known too as “cushion baskets,” as a modernist response to the traditional club chair. They are all formed by a Chair, a Sofa, and a Loveseat. Black is its more famous presentation, although, white is quite elegant and demanded.
These pieces reverse the standard structures of sofas and chairs by having frames that are externalized. Their aim was to offer all the comfort of a padded surface while applying the elegant minimalism and industrial rationale of the International Style. The resulting aesthetic of the simple tubular structure is remarkably relevant. The LC series look astonishingly current. As a curious fact, only the next year, the Barcelona Collection, the other revolutionary work by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was released in the International Exposition of Barcelona, with iconic pieces like the Barcelona Sofa and the Barcelona Chair.
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