‘Grand Confort’ by Le Corbusierand and the Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

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The ‘Grand Confort’ by Le Corbusier(1887-1965) and the Barcelona chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe(1886-1969), are both important pieces of the twentieth century. Both chairs were designed by pioneers and highly influential architects who played a significant role in shaping what is now called Modernism, or the International Style. They wanted to establish a style of design that would represent modern times and in many ways they achieved this but also transcended it, creating designs that appeared far more timeless than timely. Although they were designing at a time when Modern design rejected the past in its attempt to build a brave new world, ancient forms and concepts were still apparent in many emerging designs. Both Corbusier and Meis had a deep understanding of the aesthetics of historic design. According to Le Corbusier, “To be Modern is not a Fashion, it is a state. It is necessary to understand History, and he who understands History knows how to find continuity between that which was, that which is and that which will be.” This was apparent in the two chairs where they drew from ancient influences and combined it with the modern to create new and iconic designs that have continued to be popular and sought after in contemporary homes and offices even today. The ‘LC2’ or the ‘Grand Confort’ armchair on the left, designed by Le Corbusier, architect Pierre Jeanneret and furniture designer Charlotte Perriand, was originally designed for Maison La Roche in Paris and exhibited at the Salon d’Automne in 1929. The chair is a simple box like structure made of bent tubular steel, and lined with thick square seat and back cushions. The robust cushions were made of dense foam and upholstered in luxurious black leather. The chair was also referred to, as ‘cushion baskets’ as it reversed the standard structures of sofas and chairs by externalizing the framework. It

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