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Chaise longue
  • Chaise longue
    Le Corbusier, born 1887 - died 1965
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Chaise longue

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (designed)
    Frankenberg (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1928-1929 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Chrome-plated tubular steel, painted sheet metal, metal springs, rubber and horse-hide upholstery

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Barry Friedman Ltd, New York

  • Museum number:

    W.11:1 to 3-1989

  • Gallery location:

    20th Century, Room 74, case CA8, box 22 []

Le Corbusier designed this adjustable chaise longue as a flexible piece of furniture for reading and relaxation. The design was inspired by his interest in seating postures and French patent furniture. He may also have been influenced by a curving bentwood rocking chair made about 1880 by the firm of Thonet, in Vienna, Austria.
The construction is complex and expensive, demanding three types of metal and numerous welded joints. This explains why the chair was never made in large quantities. Several European furniture manufacturers, including the Italian firm Cassina, reproduced the design from the late 1950s onwards. These later versions, however, are constructed differently and do not look like the originals.

Physical description

Chrome-plated tubular steel frame, long, formed of geometric shapes; rests on painted sheet metal base; covered by black hide upholstery.

Place of Origin

Paris (designed)
Frankenberg (manufactured)

Date

1928-1929 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Chrome-plated tubular steel, painted sheet metal, metal springs, rubber and horse-hide upholstery

Dimensions

Height: 84 cm, Width: 53.5 cm, Length: 155 cm

Object history note

The construction of the chair is complex and expensive, using different types of metal and many more welds than bends. This chair was never manufactured in large quantities.

Descriptive line

Chaise longue, designers Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand; manufacturer Gebruder Thonet, Germany, 1928-1929

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Wilk, Christopher, ed. . Western Furniture 1350 to the Present Day. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1996. 230p., ill. ISBN 085667463X.

Categories

ELISE; Furniture; Images Online

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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