Cassina LC3 Two Seater Sofa

Cassina LC3 2 Seater SofaThe Cassina LC3 Two-Seater Sofa An Icon of 1920s Design

When Le Corbusier (originally known as Charles-Edouard Jeanneret) invited Charlotte Perriand into the studio he shared with cousin Pierre Jeanneret, a collaboration was born which was to change the face of modern interior furniture design. It gave rise to one of the most famous ranges of chairs and sofas ever to be built: the LC collection.

Born in Switzerland, Le Corbusier had travelled extensively as a young man, and served apprenticeships with some of the many architects and designers he came across. He had gained inspiration and knowledge from design-minded people in Italy, Vienna, Munich and Paris and, up until Perriand’s arrival, had spent most of his time working on a new architectural vision of urban living; one which he hoped would become reality following the upheaval caused by the First World War. He was only partially successful: after several of his social housing plans were rejected, he was finally commissioned to build a complex for 1,800 people in Marseille. This was followed by two more commissions in France and another in Berlin.

The LC range of furniture was developed in the late 1920s, and Italian furniture giants Cassina quickly saw an opportunity to take advantage of the timeless appeal of the well-proportioned furniture. In 1964, a year before Le Corbusier died, they signed an agreement to secure the global rights to produce the work of Le Corbusier, Jeanneret and Perriard. To this day, genuine LC furniture can only be sourced from Cassina, with each piece containing a signature and unique serial number.

Cassina LC3 Armchair with left or right armrestThe Specifications
The Cassini LC3 Two-Seater Sofa is supported by a tubular steel frame which comes in eight finishes: matt black enamel, coloured enamel (either basalte, grey, light blue, green, burgundy or ochre) or, at extra cost, polished chrome for that extra classy look.

The loose cushions are made from polyurethane foam, with a padding of either polyester or feather. In terms of upholstery, customers can select from three shades of leather and five shades of fabric, giving an amazing 64 choices – one of the beauties of contemporary furniture design.

The Cassini LC3 is 168cm wide, with a depth of 73cm. The overall height of the sofa is 62cm, with the seat height set at 40cm.

Other LC furniture pieces available through Ferrious, are the LC10P table range; the La Roche Table; the endearing LC8 stool; the LC1, LC2 and LC3 Armchair’s (also available in left or right armrest versions); the LC2 Ottoman; the LC13 Wagon Fumoir; the LC2 Two and Three-Seater Sofas and  the LC3 Three-Seater Sofa.

If you are looking for iconic design at affordable prices, Ferrious recommend you browse their ex-display section.

 

Cassina LC2 Armchair

Cassina LC2 ArmchairLe Corbusier Man of Many Talents

No mention of the Cassina LC2 Armchair can be made without reference to its chief designer, one of the biggest names in contemporary furniture design, Le Corbusier (1887-1965).

Le Corbusier was born in Switzerland, under the name of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris, and became fascinated with exploring the visual arts, moving on to study at La-Chaux-de-Fonds Art School. In the 1920s it had become fashionable for artists to work under a pseudonym and Jeanneret chose Le Corbusier, although it is debatable as to whether the name was derived from a distant ancestor, as he claimed, or was a pet name that he chose to adopt.

Although he made his name mainly as an architect and furniture designer, Le Corbusier had many more strings to his bow: he was a painter and urbanist, becoming a pioneer in the new International style (also referred to as Modern Architecture). As author, he wrote the influential 1925 book ‘L’Art Decoratif d’aujord’hui’ which mapped out his vision for the future of urban living.

Cassina-LC2-Armchair-2As an architect, Le Corbusier’s buildings spanned the globe, but have also been criticised by some as soulless and a demonstration only of his own arrogant viewpoint.

It was when Charlotte Perriand joined his studio in 1928, that many of his interior design ideals became realised, and a year later Perriand, Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret were exhibiting their new concept of furniture at the Salon d’Automne: the beginnings of what was to become the Cassina LC2 Armchair and similar pieces.

The Cassina LC2 Armchair
It is thanks to the forward-thinking business sense of Cassina that the original Cassina LC2 Armchair is still available to buy today. A year before his death (1964), Cassina acquired the global rights to sell the designs of Le Corbusier, Jeanneret and Perriand for their Masters’ Collection, and they still hold – and protect that right today.

The iconic and comfortable LC2 Armchair is highly regarded in the world of furniture design, and it proudly sits in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Cassina LC2 ArmchairThe LC2’s frame is constructed from tubular steel, and there are eight finishes to choose from: matt black enamel; gloss basalte, grey, light blue, green, burgundy or ochre and the more pricey polished chrome plating.

The loose cushions are composed of a polyurethane core padded with either polyester and polyurethane or feather. Ferrious offer the LC2 Armchair with eight different types of upholstery: three shades of pelle leather and five shades of rock fabric, containing 100 per cent flax.
The proportions of the chair are central to its timeless appeal; it is 76cm wide, 70cm deep and 67cm high, with a 48cm high seat.

Also available as 2 Seater Sofa, 3 Seater Sofa & Ottoman
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Cassina Italian Furniture

Cassina LC4 Chaise LongueCassina Italian Furniture Authenticity and Innovation Through the Decades

With Cassina’s tagline of ‘Design First’, the Italian furniture designers share the Ferrious commitment to quality of design over all other factors. Cassina Italian furniture sets the standard for the design industry, and has done ever since Cesare and Umberto Cassina formed the company in Milan back in 1927. Cassina have been instrumental in moving furniture design from traditional handcraftsmanship to industrial production.

Cassina were a pioneering force during the 1950s industrial design boom, and many of the best pieces of designer furniture in the last 100 years has been produced by the company. Gerrit T. Rietveid’s unique Zig-Zag Chair and the Cassina LC4 Chaise Longue and LC2 Sofa, both designed by Pierre Jeanneret, are just some of the iconic designs that emerged (all available through Ferrious). In 1952, Cassina began working on naval commissions and fitted out the Andrea Dori liner. In 1964, the company launched its I Maestri Collection which involved obtaining the worldwide rights to the furniture of several important designers. These designers included Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret and Pierre’s more illustrious cousin, Charles-Edouard Jeanneret; he adopted the pseudonym Le Corbusier (a popular thing to do in Paris in the 1920s) and to this day Cassina are the only brand with the rights to produce Le Corbusier pieces.

Cassina LC2 2-Seater SofaOther well-known designers who have come under the banner of Cassina include Gio Ponti, Charles-Rennes Mackintosh, Hannes Wettstein, Franco Albini, Rodolfo Dordoni, Charlotte Perriand, Piero Lissoni, E Gunnar Asplund and Philippe Starck. Some of these continue to provide quality pieces to the I Contemporanei collection.

The philosophy of Cassina Italian Furniture is based upon the twin ideals of authenticity and innovation, and the company have mastered the art of combining technological skill with traditional craftsmanship, especially in the discipline of carpentry. Cassina consistently attracts the best architects and designers and since 1954 has won three coveted Compasso d’Oro awards for individual products. In 1991 it also received the award for its innovative role and international approach within the Italian design and manufacturing industries. In 1972, Cassina also produced the prototype of a car called the Kar-a-sutra, which was presented at MoMA in New York.

Cassina produces everything from seating (lounges, chairs, seates, chaises longues, etc.), tables, storage and even fabrics.

Where is Cassina Italian Furniture Today?
Cassina have recently opened a new showroom in Munich, and continues to promote its strengths, particularly in terms of authenticity. As a measure of its commitment to preserving the integrity of Italian design, Cassina have backed the ‘Equal Rights for Design’ campaign by Elle Decoration UK magazine. This works to protect the design copyright of genuine products to help combat the production of cheap imitations. Since 2005, Cassina has been part of the Poltrona Frau Group. Any questions call Ferrious on 0161 2286880