LC4 - Chaise Longue
by Le Corbusier
Charlotte Perriand was commissioned by Le Corbusier to
design three chairs: one for conversation, one for relaxation and one for
sleeping. These are respectively the LC1, LC2 and LC4. All three of these
became classics, but the LC4, better known as Chaise Longue, is by some distant
the best known of these three design pieces. Le Corbusier designed the ‘Maison
La Roche' in Paris for the Salon d'Automne exhibition in 1929. This is where
the LC4 Chaise Longue received its baptism of fire. A prototype of the chair
had already been tested in Ville d' Avray.
Perriand’s inspiration for the design of the Chaise Longue
came from 18th century French beds. She combined chrome with genuine pony
leather. Commenting on this, Le Corbusier said : 'I thought of the cowboy from
the Wild West smoking his pipe, feet in the air higher than his head, against
the chimney-piece: complete rest.'
The frame of the chair is easily adjustable for optimal
lounging comfort. It is, according to Le Corbusier, a ‘relaxation machine’.