Jun 11, 2010 5:54:02 PM
In the first half of the 20th century, a new generation of designers and architects arose that markedly departed with the styles and artistic ideas that had preceded them. The invention of mass production techniques heavily influenced them and uniformity of design and style pervaded their work. If furniture before this group of designers had been painstakingly carved or crafted by hand, the Industrial Revolution encouraged this new group of furniture designers to seek out new materials and styles for furniture that could suitably be mass-produced and ultimately change the way that people viewed their home furnishings. No longer content with carved wood tables or chairs and ornately brocaded sofas, this group of modern furniture designers explored the uses of steel, plastic and even molded plywood in the making of furniture for the home or office. One of the most famous designers from among this group was French-Swiss designer, architect and urban planner Charles-Eduoard Jeanneret-Gris, known to us by the name Le Corbusier.
Born in Switzerland in 1887, Le Corbusier is perhaps most famous among furniture designers for his steel and leather sofas. One of modern furniture design’s most iconic pieces, Le Corbusier’s sofa is constructed of black leather squarish cushions supported by a shiny, steel tube frame. The overall impression one has of Le Corbusier’s famous sofa is that of a box with portions cut out suitable for sitting on. By the mid-1920s, Le Corbusier had already written much on urban planning, with his writing focusing on the stark, simple lines and functionality so familiar to industrial spaces. Once Le Corbusier had conceived this particular style of housing for urban areas, he set about designing furnishings that would match it with a disciplined simplicity of line and function. Le Corbusier’s sofa was first produced in 1929 and instantly became iconic. Concerned much more with functionality, the sofas were sturdy and simple enough to match nearly any décor.
Reproductions of this sofa are still prized today and are available in stores such as EZ Mod Furniture. EZ Mod also carries this modern furniture classic in loveseat or chair versions and the entire set is available in either black or white leather. And where most modern furniture stores would bring Le Corbusier’s sofa to you for as much as $1,119, EZ Mod Furniture features it for a much more budget-friendly $819.
If you are looking for furnish your home or office in with innovative, clean and stylish modern furniture, come to EZ Mod Furniture today.
Apr 5, 2010 12:04:23 PM
Le Corbusier designed quite a few of the pieces that our recreations are based on at Ezmod Furniture, and overall, modern classic furniture would be dramatically different if not for his contributions. Many of the Le Corbusier-inspired pieces we have on sale sell quite well because people are attracted to his designs, even forty plus years after his passing.
Charles-Edouard Jenneret-Gris, also known as Le Corbusier, was a Swiss-French architect, designer, writer and all around artist. He was originally one of the pioneers of “modern architecture” focusing on modern design in the 20th century. In the earliest part of his career, he focused mainly on architecture, spending a great deal of time theorizing on new designs, modern techniques and a complete rethinking of what architecture should encompass. He befriended countless artists during this time, including Amedee Ozenfant, a cubist painter.
He adopted the pseudonym “Le Corbusier” in 1920, which is his maternal grandfather’s name, as a way to reinvent himself. From architecture, he moved into urbanism, hoping to redesign many of the slums he saw throughout the nation of France. His first project, the Immeubles Villas, called for large blocks of cell-like individual apartments stacked on top of each other. He dabbled in designs for entire cities. Soon after, he began to dabble in the modern classic furniture that has become one of his longest lasting investments into design and culture.
When creating modern classic furniture, Le Corbusier theorized three different versions – type-needs, type-furniture and human-limb projects.
The many items inspired by Le Corbusier that we carry include the:
Le Corbusier Chase – which comes in pony hide, white leather and black leather
The Le Corbusier Petite Sofa – which comes in white leather and black leather
The Le Corbusier Petite Chair – white leather and black leather
For these and other modern classic furniture pieces inspired by the 20th century’s greatest designers, go to www.ezmodfurniture.com today. You can get great deals, buy Le Corbusier sets for your entire living room and save countless dollars in the process.