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LC2 Armchair
About the Design

Does anything sound more comfortable than a “cushion basket”? That’s what Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (1887–1965), a.k.a. Le Corbusier, and his collaborators, cousin Pierre Jeanneret (1896–1967) and Charlotte Perriand (1903–99), dubbed the LC2 armchair, the group’s modern take on an age-old form: the club chair.


The LC2 armchair quite literally inverts the traditional construction of a chair (or any piece of furniture, really) using an exoskeleton of chromed tubular steel instead of hiding the construction inside, prioritizing an emphasis on function that boldly declared their modernist approach. Meanwhile, thick leather cushions make the seat exceptionally comfortable and lend it a boxy appearance that is compatible with the architecture and design of the International Style in which the group worked.


The trio conceived the cube-like LC2 in 1928 for exhibition at the 1929 Parisian art fair Salon d’Automne, and Austrian manufacturer Thonet was producing the group's designs at the time. Decades later, in 1965, when the designers’ modernist style had become widely popular, the LC2 armchair was issued by Italian manufacturer and high-end furniture company Cassina, which continues to produce it today, along with the stylistically similar LC3 collection.


The LC2 armchair was born of a period of experimentation with tubular chrome by the Le Corbusier group — archival sketches authored by Le Corbusier and Perriand are demonstrative of a two-year collaborative process, while Le Corbusier's brief identifies the latter as having been put in charge of furniture and interiors. (Furniture designer and architect Marcel Breuer, whose Cesca chair was similarly structured, was also working with chrome.) The use of chrome in the trio’s LC lines was groundbreaking at that point, and its aesthetic aligned well with Le Corbusier’s having given the furniture the mechanical-sounding label “domestic equipment.”


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Early Production LC2 Loveseat Sofa by Le Corbusier for Cassina, c. 1965, Signed
By Cassina, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, Le Corbusier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
If you want the most comfortable seat to sink your heinie into, this Le Corbusier for Cassina (signed) LC2 loveseat sofa is for you (and of course, your heinie). Comfortable and form...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Bauhaus Settees

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Steel

Pair of LC2 Easy Chairs by Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand for Cassina
By Cassina, Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Doornspijk, NL
Pair of armchairs LC2 Petit Modèle with polished chrome frame and separate black leather cushions. The LC2 was designed in 1928 by Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand and ever sinc...
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Early 20th Century French Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Le Corbusier LC2 Black Leather Three-Seat Sofa for Alivar
By Charlotte Perriand, Alivar, Pierre Jeanneret, Le Corbusier
Located in Sacile, PN
Le Corbusier LC2 black leather three-seat sofa for Alivar. The sofa is in very good conditions. Licensed edition Le Corbusier sofa by Alivar. Alivar was the first licensed manu...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather

Le Corbusier LC2 by Cassina Two-Seat Gray Chamois Leather Sofa, Italia, 1970s
By Cassina, Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret
Located in Palermo, IT
Two-seat gray chamois leather sofa, mod. LC2 designed by Le Corbusier and produced by Cassina in 1970s It features a chromed tubular steel frame Engraved brand visible on a chromed...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Steel

Pair Le Corbusier LC2 Black Leather Chairs by Cassina
By Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand, Cassina, Le Corbusier
Located in New York, NY
A chic pair of iconic Le Corbusier LC2 black leather armchairs or lounge chairs produced by Cassina, circa 21st Century, Italy. A monochromatic set; upholstered in black leather and ...
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2010s Italian Modern Club Chairs

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Metal