Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier, was an extremely influential architect, urban planner and interior designer. His body of work spans five decades and three continents, and he continues to be viewed as one of the pioneers of Modernist architecture. He is most famous for his grand and sweeping works, such as his so-called City of Tomorrow, an ambitious and even whimsical city design that saw the city’s central district organized into identical cross-shaped skyscrapers divided by vast, meandering gardens. In Le Corbusier’s vision, the entire city would be connected by an underground network of roads and trains, and the large, broad tops of the skyscrapers would allow for aircraft to take off and land between them.
However, amid the lasting impressions left by such grand visions, it is often all but forgotten that Le Corbusier was also an extremely accomplished designer of modern furniture. He believed that architecture was the art and science of creating livable environments, from the largest cities to the smallest end-tables. He also felt strongly that all objects within a home were first and foremost to be practical, and that beauty would proceed naturally from functionality. He divided furniture into three classes: type-needs, type-functions and human-limb objects, the last of which he described as follows:
The human-limb object is a docile servant. A good servant is discreet and self-effacing in order to leave his master free. Certainly, works of art are tools, beautiful tools. And long live the good taste manifested by choice, subtlety, proportion, and harmony.
These beliefs led him to create the strikingly geometrical and elegantly understated furniture that have become icons of modern interior design.
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