Le Corbusier Sofas

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Le Corbusier sofas, like his buildings, chapels, and sofas, offered the essentials for their functions. Though humanistic, Le Corbusier's designs were seldom extravagant in any way. His sofas and chaise lounges offer the rare exception; their function as objects to induce relaxation allowed Le Corbusier to imbue them with a more "rich" elegance than many of his other furniture designs.

The LC Series of Le Corbusier Sofas and Chairs

Le Corbusier sofas are easily the largest of any Le Corbusier furniture. Designed in 1929, at the height of the initial drive of the International style, they are wide slabs of lush black leather, like horizontal monoliths or altars. The blocky, solid cushions of the sofas rest gently on four tubular steel legs that reach delicately toward the ground.

Though reasonably strict as a formalist, Le Corbusier sofas and chairs never seem stifled as objects; instead, the inhabit a delicate balance between geometry and living. Machines for living, they encourage use through the cleanliness of their lines and visual appeal of their forms. Both the LC2 and the LC3 series of Le Corbusier sofas are still in production.

Along with the sofas are the LC2 and LC3 chairs. The chairs incorporate the same design cues as the sofas, but are designed to seat one person. The primary difference between the LC2 and LC3 series of furniture is that the LC2s are slimmer and rise slightly higher in profile than the LC3s.


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