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  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1929 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Le Corbusier, born 1887 - died 1965 (designer)
    Jeanneret, Pierre, born 1896 - died 1967 (designer)
    Perriand, Charlotte, born 1903 - died 1999 (designer)
    Thonet Frères (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tubular steel, painted and fabric

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr T. Nash

  • Museum number:

    W.32:1, 2-1987

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This stool is one of several types of seat furniture designed for Henry and Barbara Church's villa in Ville d'Avray, France. The villa was designed by the Modernist architect Le Corbusier. The furniture was created by him in collaboration with his colleagues Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand. They also designed a chaise longue, a club chair and a swing-back chair for the house.

Modernism advocated free-flowing open spaces in architecture, and the furniture that inhabited these spaces was designed specifically with this in mind. The clean, uncluttered lines of this stool reflect this. Steel, in this case tubular steel, which provided strength without bulk, became a popular material in Modernist furniture. Charlotte Perriand said that 'metal plays the same part in furniture as cement has done in architecture', implying that it had become an essential component of furniture design.

Physical description

Tubular steel frame made up of two long C-shaped tubes - a long horizontal section at floor level with shorter vertical sections at either end which form the four legs of the stool; the long C-shaped tubes are fixed to each other by a tubular stretcher three-quarters of the way up the legs and then by another slightly fatter tubular stretcher above this; the top stretcher has an oval hole in its underside at each end, the tops of the legs slot up into this hole and a large screw inserted at either end of the top stretcher fixes the legs in place. A length of fabric loops round the top stretchers to create the seat.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


ca. 1929 (made)


Le Corbusier, born 1887 - died 1965 (designer)
Jeanneret, Pierre, born 1896 - died 1967 (designer)
Perriand, Charlotte, born 1903 - died 1999 (designer)
Thonet Frères (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Tubular steel, painted and fabric


Height: 45.5 cm, Width: 51 cm, Depth: 36.5 cm

Descriptive line

Tubular steel frame stool with fabric seat; French 1929 des. Le Corbusier, Jeanneret, Perriand

Labels and date

Designed by Le Corbusier (Swiss, 1887-1965), Pierre Jeanneret (Swiss, 1896-1967) and Charlotte Perriand (French, born 1903)
Manufactured by Thonet Frères, Paris
Tubular steel, painted (later) and fabric
About 1929

The stool and the chair nearby are said to have been part of the original furnishings of Corbusier's Villa Church in Ville d'Avray. This provenance suggests that these pieces may be prototypes of early versions of the designs. Although the frame is chromium-plated beneath the grey surface, it has been suggested the paint may have been applied during the 1930s.

W.32-1987 [1989-2006]


Steel; Cloth






Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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