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First Edition Le Corbusier Book with Inscription

$5,500

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Hardcover first edition of Le Corbusier's seminal La Ville Radieuse (The Radiant City), published by the celebrated review L'Architecture D'Aujourd'hui. A rare volume, made more so by a warm full-page inscription in the year of publication (1935) by Corbusier to his colleague and the magazine's publicist, Honore Bloch. Bloch, along with the magazine's publisher Pierre Vago, accompanied Corbusier on his historic but ill-fated 1932 Mission to Russia. The poetic inscription reads "To Mr. Honore Block, municipal delegate/From a city that could be radiant by posing the problem well and by believing in it/we could potentially succeed, why not?" With a bold Corbusier signature. In a protective Mylar sleeve.

Details

  • Creator
    Le Corbusier (Author)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 1 in. (2.54 cm)Width: 12 in. (30.48 cm)Depth: 9.5 in. (24.13 cm)
  • Style
    International Style (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1935
  • Condition
    Repaired: Professional conservation to spine and part of cover. A few hinges added inside. Wear consistent with age and use. Very good vintage condition with expected minor wear consistent with age and use. The spine and part of the cover have been professionally conserved, and some hinges have been added.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU82853829782

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About Le Corbusier (Author)

Swiss-born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, best known by his adopted name Le Corbusier, was a highly influential architect, designer, painter, urban planner and writer whose career spanned almost five decades. A pioneer of progress-minded modern architecture, Le Corbusier sought to impose a rational order on the chaos of the world through design. He rejected the excessive architectural ornament and developed a style that became known as Brutalism, creating buildings with elemental geometric forms that were made of industrial materials such as steel and reinforced concrete. Le Corbusier believed that pure, well-designed spaces could offer a lesson in how little is needed to achieve happiness. To convey this notion, the architect prioritized modern, open interiors and emphasized light, rational designs. His architecture and interiors share a clear sense of space and structural order, underlining the beauty in harmony, proportion and simplicity.


     Le Corbusier’s furniture espouses these same ideals. His designs are spare, minimal and efficient but at the same time offer supreme comfort. Collaborating with his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret, and designer Charlotte Perriand, he devised such iconic pieces as the LC2 Le Grand Confort armchair and the LC4 chaise longue. Each couples a tubular chrome frame with soft, supple leather upholstery, lending an organic warmth to an industrially made design. In his furniture, Le Corbusier broke new ground in ergonomics. The shape of the LC4 chaise is taken directly from the human form; the classic cowhide upholstery makes the sitter feel weightless; and the piece features an adjustable positioning mechanism to promote total relaxation.


     Such planning and intelligence were the hallmarks of Le Corbusier’s career. Whether in his designs for private residences such as the Villa Savoye near Paris, apartment towers like the Unité D'habitation in Marseilles, or in his furniture, he worked toward a style of living that was expansive and flexible. The strength and simplicity of line of Le Corbusier’s seating pieces give them a sculptural presence in any décor, yet they are sublimely restful. And as you will see from the offerings on these pages, Le Corbusier’s furniture reflects a worldly taste: it is at once refined, cosmopolitan and chic.

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