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Le Corbusier

Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, better known as his moniker, Le Corbusier, is considered one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. The largely self-taught Swiss-French architect built his first house at age 18, and over the course of his 50-year career was also an accomplished painter, urban planner, and writer. His celebrated work spans projects in Europe, Japan, India, North and South America, and more than 15 of his buildings are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As an originator and pioneer of the International Style, Le Corbusier believed that homes were “machines for living,” and adhered to a strict, rationalist aesthetic that championed pure, honest forms and no added decoration. His furniture, codesigned with cousin Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, followed suit. The now iconic LC series accent chair and chaise lounge chair were designed with function in mind first. Made with tubular steel which included dining tables and leather sofas, the designs of Le Corbusier ushered furniture into the technological age.