LC4 or Le Corbusier at the service of relaxation
omfortable, enveloping and elegant: the LC4 is a Design Icon of timeless charm.
A century after its birth, this "real resting machine" is still very much loved and universally considered to be the chaise longue par excellence.
The history of our icon is long and tortuous: its first appearance dates back to the late 1920s.
Le Corbusier and his two partners Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand were planning the interiors of a villa near Paris, villa Church. For this villa they designed a series of metal tubular models of pure rationalist origin, including the ancestor of what would become the famous LC4.
Charlotte Perriand was a great supporter of this project, she wanted to redevelop the use of metal - then destined for sterile and cold environments such as hospitals and offices - and bring it into the warm environment of the home.
It was not the only one to see the potential of this material: even Thonet, historically linked to the use of curved wood, in the post-war period opened up to this new expressive mode.
In 1929 it was Thonet Frères (the French branch of Thonet) who accepted the challenge of producing the series of tubular metal furniture designed by Le Corbusier, Jeanneret and Perriand for the Salon d'Automne, series also known as "Equipement intérieur de l'habitation".
The following year, the large-scale production of the chaise longue with the name B306 officially began.
Probably the time was not yet ripe: this very modern seat was warmly welcomed. It also seems that Le Corbusier had perhaps a little carelessly granted the license to several producers around Europe.
This led to an uncontrolled proliferation of versions of the B306 (authorized or not). To make the history of the B306 even more complicated, the flight to the United States of the owner of Thonet Frères, the Jew Leopold Pilzer.
In the second post-war period, the prospects of the B306 seem to be more optimistic: Pilzer cedes the rights of the chaise longue to a Swiss company, which in turn, in 1964, sells them to Cassina.
t is the Italian colossus that sanctions its success, making it one of its diamond points.
The LC4 is structured in two parts: a pedestal in black painted steel on which rests a mobile cradle in chromed steel. The cradle swings thanks to its curved shape, favoring the position of greater or lesser inclination of the body. Its stability is given by the friction with rubber tubes that line the pedestals. The mattress and the headrest are made of leather.
o date, only Cassina holds the exclusive license agreement for worldwide publishing rights, signed in 1964 by the three designers and by the Le Corbusier foundation.
Fortunately it is quite easy to recognize the original copies as they are numbered and signed.
LC4 is certainly one of the greatest achievements of the rationalist season, a perfect synthesis between function and form.
Refined and harmonious, with its tapering and inviting curves it is able to give an aura of sensuality and class to any environment.
A universal symbol of relaxation and leisure, this chaise longue is not only beautiful but also very comfortable ...
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