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International Decorative Art

Basculant Chair (No. B301)

Basculant Chair (No. B301)

Design Date
c. 1928

Designer
Le Corbusier (1887–1965, Swiss–French), Pierre Jeanneret (1896–1967, Swiss), & Charlotte Perriand (1903–1999, French)

Manufacturer
Stendig, Switzerland

Media
chrome-plated tubular steel and leather upholstery

Dimensions
25 x 25 x 25 1/4 inches

This adjustable-back armchair made of metal tubing and leather upholstery resembles the tubular steel Wassily Chair designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925 (also represented in Kirkland Museum's collection). Le Corbusier, whose architecture and design exemplified his idea of the “machine for living”, designed this chair, along with his associates Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, as a functional piece, a sort of equipment for living, with its adjustable back and the sterility of the tubular steel frame. The design for this chair was adapted from the traditional colonial chair. Le Corbusier encouraged this comparison by exhibiting the Basculant Chair next to a 19th-century colonial chair in Paris student housing he designed.

Not currently on view

Markings
Oval-shaped sticker on bottom, "ORIGINAL DESIGN STENDIG MADE IN SWITZERLAND"

Credit Line
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number
2007.0683

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