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LC2 Le Petit Confort Chair

Replica

Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and Charlotte Perriand
1928

LC2 Le Petit Confort Chair

Replica

Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and Charlotte Perriand
1928
The LC2 Chair in black front view
Legendary French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier began experimenting with furniture in 1928, after his architect cousin Pierre Jeanneret and designer Charlotte Perriand joined his studio. The LC range of seating, the first results of their collaboration, was designed in 1928. They set out to design modern alternatives to traditional club chairs – chairs which would be suitable for “conversation, relaxing and sleeping”. The collaboration would go on to include some of the most iconic furniture designs in modern history. With the Petit Confort, Le Corbusier and his team radically altered the expected look of the club chairs by putting the frame of the chair on the outside, holding the plush cushions comfortably inside the basket-like shape. The result is five unconnected cushions, enclosed in a chrome steel tube cage that constitutes the primary support system. In our opinion, one of the coolest chairs in history.

“To be modern is not a fashion; it is a state.”

Le Corbusier
Design of the Le Corbusier LC2 Chair
The LC2 Chair in black front view

The Petit Confort was the smallest of the LC range, designed with the idea that men sit with their legs straight, while the roomier Grand Confort allows more space for women who cross their legs diagonally. 

 The LC2 is the narrower version of the broader, more rectangular LC3 Grand Confort. 

The Confort range has made a number of notable television appearances.  In 2010 the Grand Confort adorned the stage as Steve Jobs announced the very first iPad.  The Grand Confort can also be seen as the Sherlock Holmes’ thinking chair in the modern BBC series. 

The LC range of chairs is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art.  

This range was fondly referred to as “cushion baskets” by its creators.

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Classic Comfort

“Confort” is an Italian word for comfort and cosiness. The five plump cushions surround a deep seat. Unsurprisingly, the designers referred to the LC2 as a “cushion basket”. The LC2’s polyurethane cushioning has added luxurious feather down to maximise the soft and receptive seating.

Quality and Craftsmanship
Tubular chrome plated steel is hand buffed in its cube shape. A small amount of fine down feathers are used in combination with polyurethane foam of superior durability and climate control which constitutes the cushioning that gets upholstered in natural, top grain Italian leather.
Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret
While primarily known as an architect, Le Corbusier was ultimately influential across many fields as he used his skill at design, writing and urban planning to promote the use of modern materials and methods for bettering living conditions in cities. In 1922 Le Corbusier began working with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret, and they continued sharing projects and ideas all their professional lives. In October 1927 young architect Charlotte Perriand was noticed by the two cousins, and a prolific collaboration, with a particular focus on furniture design, lasted between the three designers until 1937.
“A useful object’s composition must be informed clearly and directly by its intended function.”
Le Corbusier
Product Literature
Chrome plated tubular steel is a lightweight but durable, corrosion resistant material. The steel is carefully molded into the LC2’s cube shape. Down feathers are selected and layered along with cut polyurethane foam, which is finally upholstered in top grain Italian leather, making up the five cushions placed inside the frame.
Product Materials

Upholstery: Top grain Italian leather 

Frame: Chrome plated tubular steel 

Cushioning: Polyurethane foam and feather down 

Product Dimensions

Height: 68cm 

Width: 76cm 

Depth: 70cm 

Seat height: 49cm 

Carrying weight: 200kg 

 

Weight as shipped: 23kg 

Care Instructions

Leather:

Occasionally remove dust from the leather with a damp, lint-free cloth. Small soiled spots can be gently removed with a colourless  eraser. Liquid spills should be immediately dabbed dry and wiped off with a little water. Once a year, the leather should be treated with a special leather care product, but never with any type of strong cleansing agent. Only use quality leather products which do not leave residue. Oily build-up on the leather makes it susceptible to bacteria, which can destroy the leather. Clean the stitching with a soft-bristle brush.

Make sure that your leather furniture is not positioned close to heat sources, so that it does not dry out and become brittle. In addition, we recommend that leather surfaces are not permanently exposed to intense sunlight, because direct sunlight over an extended time period can diminish the quality of the leather.

Leather can be treated occasionally with conditioners to keep it in its original state. Liquid spills should be blotted up immediately, not wiped. For daily cleaning, dust leather with a soft cloth.

 

Metal: 

Do not use an abrasive material on the metal. Clean the item with a mild detergent and water. Dilute in the mild detergent in water so it is not too harsh on the metal. You can dip a soft-bristled toothbrush in the solution or a non-abrasive pad and use it to scrub off any residue or dirt on the item. Scrub the item with a soft toothbrush or a non-abrasive pad. Dry any residual moisture with a soft, dry cloth. 

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