Le Corbusier (1887-1965).Swiss born, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris spent his youth travelling through Europe, coming in contact, among other things, with the Sezession environment in Vienna and with Gropius and Mies van der Rohe in Berlin. In his early thirties, he opened his legendary architecture studio in Paris. In addition to becoming immensely famous as an architect, Le Corbusier was also an urban planner, painter, sculptor and writer. His collaborations with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret and with Charlotte Perriand were decisive. Together, they presented a revolutionary one-room studio apartment at the Salon d'Automne in Paris in 1929, with furniture pieces which embodied the modernist spirit. They were conceived as instruments suitable for furnishing spaces built for the modern man, which explains why Le Corbusier loved to speak of "équipement." These furnishings had to be utilitarian, an expression of their function. The new value proposed by the coupling of form and function: the object, stripped of its ornaments, recovers its implacable and intimate sense of beauty, expressing its very nature in the harmony of its new form, simple and essential. The public's reaction was predictably hostile. But as fate would have it, the legend was awaiting.
Furniture designed by Le Corbusier