The Couch. A typological construction
by Thomas Wagner | 12/6/2011
Colour, form and matter in the furniture designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand are just three aspects into which Cassina carries out detailed research. Its mission is to discover original features in the works of these proponents of modern rationalism and to recount their innovative verve in all its authenticity. A series of updates and new details have been added to the iconic models that the company exclusively produces at international level in the “Cassina I Maestri” collection. This upgrading process has been carried out in close collaboration with Le Corbusier Foundation and through the analysis of original documents and drawings belonging to the designers. The result is an even more vibrant and contemporary vision.
The overriding theme is colour, around which Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand develop essential reflections. Today, alongside the better known chrome-plated pieces in black leather, Cassina enhances the seven tones established for its metal frame structure. The company proposes them in innumerable combinations with a fabric collection approved by Le Corbusier Foundation, and the heirs of Jeanneret and Perriand. The collection comprises a series of combinations that can be recreated virtually at www.cassina.com/LCcolour. A specific web configurator gives visitors the chance to see a preview and evaluate the aesthetic effect of combinations in order to choose the ideal pairing. This versatility increases the usage possibilities of each item of furniture, according to the authentic spirit of Le Corbusier.
The design idea of deconstructing the seat into its base elements of supporting frame/cushions is further enhanced. The LC2 model is now also proposed with down padding, whilst the versions in dacron® in both the LC2 and LC3 models are even softer. All elements are designed to highlight the relationship between cushion/content and metal frame/container. The result is a product with an even richer and pleasantly lived-in look. There is also more flexibility of choice for the LC4. The famous leather chaise-longue can now be accompanied by a cushion in the same shade as the entire mattress, as well as the usual version with black cushion. The result is a consistent, plain colour that enhances the purity of the form. Cassina has also worked on the textures of the upholstery materials. In the basic covers of category X leather, a new extremely soft and pleasantly tactile leather is introduced. Its sensorial qualities make every piece of furniture even more welcoming and attuned to individual desires.
As well as the distinctive symbol of authenticity of the Cassina brand (which includes a progressive production number, the signatures of the designers and the Cassina I Maestri logo) found on all models, the Cassina signature will now also be visible on the base of the metallic frames of the LC2, LC3 and LC4 seats. This logo indicates that Cassina is the only company with exclusive international rights to reproduce Le Corbusiner furniture. This is in accordance with Fondazione Le Corbusier and the heirs of the codesigners that, since 1964, have chosen Cassina as their exclusive spokesperson due to its sensibility and respect for the original project, as well as its consolidated production expertise.
|Seat finish||with upholstery|
|Base finish||with legs|
|Backrest finish||with back padding|
|Armrest finish||with armrests|
|Colors||shades of blue
shades of violet
shades of grey