International Decorative Art

LC4 Chaise Lounge

LC4 Chaise Lounge

Design Date 1928

Designer Le Corbusier (1887-1965, French, b. Switzerland); Pierre Jeanneret (1896-1967, Swiss); Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999, French)

Manufacturer unknown

Media polished and painted steel and leather

Dimensions 28 x 63 x 22 1/2 inches

Architect Le Corbusier frequently collaborated with his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret, and with designer Charlotte Perriand on furniture for his buildings. This particular chaise lounge was exhibited in the interior the trio designed for the 1929 Salon d’ Automne (Autumn Salon or annual exhibition held in Paris since 1903). The LC4, with its ability to adjust to a number of relaxing positions, was dubbed the “relaxing or resting machine” by Le Corbusier. With its tubular steel and ergonomic design the LC4 is the epitome of machine age aesthetic and follows Le Corbusier’s architectural ideology that a house was a “machine for living.” It also exemplifies Jeanneret and Perriand’s furniture experimentation with tubular steel and industrial products.

ON VIEW in Bauhaus Gallery 5

Markings unmarked

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2015.0682