Basculant Chair (No. B301)
Le Corbusier (1887–1965, Swiss–French), Pierre Jeanneret (1896–1967, Swiss), & Charlotte Perriand (1903–1999, French)
chrome-plated tubular steel and leather upholstery
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
Oval-shaped sticker on bottom, "ORIGINAL DESIGN STENDIG MADE IN SWITZERLAND"
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art