Architecture or Art, the Blurred Lines of Le Corbusier

le corbusier chaise lounge

Le Corbusier Chaise Lounge

For many years I yearned for a Le Corbusier Chaise Lounge.  The moment I laid eyes on it, laid upon it I knew I must have it.  Now I do and it is a prominent piece in my living room. 

Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris better known as Le Corbusier (October 6, 1887 – August 27, 1965) was an architect, designer, painter and writer.  He was one of the pioneers of the Modernist mid-century movement and his pieces are iconic fixtures in furniture and design. 

Between 1910 and 1911 he studied near Berlin where he possibly met and was influenced by Mies van der Rohe and Gropius, both major contributors to the Modernist movement .

Corbusier is quoted to have said, “Chairs are architecture, sofas are bourgeois.”   I could not agree more.  After all look at the the chaise lounge he is famous for.

Attractive and comfortable, the chaise lounge conforms to the shape of your body.  It takes up very little space at 19Wx63Dx32H considering it is a lounge chair.  With a chrome steel tubular cradle that sits on a black steel base this design allows for just the right adjustment and with very little effort to go from upright to full recline. 

Mine is black and white pony complete with a roll-style head pillow for added comfort.  Leather straps securely attach the cushion to the frame in a subtle way.  For support there are rubber straps beneath the upholstered cushion.  It is sleek and sexy and when you are not sitting in it you are admiring it as the piece of artwork it is. 

It truly embodies Le Corbusier’s sense of style and makes me smile every time I walk into the living room.  Designed in 1928, it is a timeless design that will never go out of style.

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