LC4 - Chaise Longue
by Le Corbusier
Charlotte Perriand was commissioned by Le Corbusier to design three chairs: one for conversation, one for relaxation and one for sleeping. These are respectively the LC1, LC2 and LC4. All three of these became classics, but the LC4, better known as Chaise Longue, is by some distant the best known of these three design pieces. Le Corbusier designed the ‘Maison La Roche' in Paris for the Salon d'Automne exhibition in 1929. This is where the LC4 Chaise Longue received its baptism of fire. A prototype of the chair had already been tested in Ville d' Avray.
Perriand’s inspiration for the design of the Chaise Longue came from 18th century French beds. She combined chrome with genuine pony leather. Commenting on this, Le Corbusier said : 'I thought of the cowboy from the Wild West smoking his pipe, feet in the air higher than his head, against the chimney-piece: complete rest.'
The frame of the chair is easily adjustable for optimal lounging comfort. It is, according to Le Corbusier, a ‘relaxation machine’.