Le Corbusier, or Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, was born in the Swiss city of Neuchatel in 1887 and was both a rational and revolutionary architect. At the age of 14, his parents asked him to take a course in copper engraving and chiseling at the city's art school. They soon saw his talent and encouraged him to go on to study architecture.
During his education, he designed his first house, Villa Fallet, which was built in the early 1900s. In 1917, Charles-Edouard moved to Paris, where he adopted the pseudonym Le Corbusier. He began to work as a professional architect, and built his first house in his twenties. In 1922, together with his cousin, he set up an architectural studio in Paris, where he worked until 1940. In 1958, Le Corbusier was awarded the Litteris et Artibus prize by the Swedish Royal House.
Le Corbusier's modernist aesthetic was groundbreaking and critical of architectural traditions. He considered a building to be “a machine for living”, by which he meant that housing should be subordinated to human needs and nothing else. Le Corbusier was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. He is undoubtedly a pioneer of modernism. He also designed furniture, most notably with Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand. At the 1929 Salon de l'Est, they showed a number of pieces they had designed together for modern homes, including the Grand Confort. All three designers are now classed as icons, and their modern designs are as popular now as they were then. Italian Cassina produces several of their works, including the LC1, LC2, LC4 and LC5. All are equally iconic pieces of seating furniture, are available in our range at the Nordic Gallery, and will suit any modern home.