Today I want to talk about one of the most iconic architects that helped popularize the mid-century modern home…
His name is Le Corbusier.
Widely regarded as the most important architect of the 20th century…
He was able to influence some of the world’s most powerful figures and leaving an indelible mark on architecture in almost any city worldwide.
With his tremendous gift for design, Le Corbusier’s story is an inspiration to all.
At the start of his career… he never had a formal education in architecture.
Le Corbusier taught himself by reading books, visiting museums and sketching buildings.
During his influential life, he spent time with the world’s most influential people and created some of the most beautiful homes we’ve ever seen. His take on the mid century modern daybeds remains popular today.
In 1923, Le Corbusier published his book, which translates to “Towards a New Architecture.” In this book, he educated his vision for architecture inspired by the emerging modern era.
It was here that he proclaimed the house as a “machine for living in”, summarizing his early approach to design and defining the fundamental attitude of Modernist architecture. Most of Le Corbusier's iconic furniture, such as the Le Corbusier LC4 Chaise Longue, Le Corbusier LC3 Sofa and Le Corbusier LC1 Sling Chair.
In 1925, he designed the “Plan Voisin” which proposed to destroy a large central area of Paris to be replaced with a grid of modernist towers, set in a park and connected by a network of raised highways.
Ten years later, he expanded this design and the proposals would go on to influence the design of his “Unites” as self-contained villages for entire communities.
In the 1950s, Le Corbusier was finally able to realize a synthesis of his architectural and urban planning visions when he was invited to complete the design of Chandigarh, the new capital of the state of Punjab in India.
He designed a functional city layout, and for the city’s Capitol, he designed three buildings himself.
He helped form the basis of almost all modernist architecture and urban planning, with almost all contemporary theory essentially acting as a continuation of his ideals.
We can all take a lesson from Le Corbusier’s story.
With his dedication for function and form with the mid-century style…
He designed some of the most luxurious and admirable designs across the globe.
The LC6 table is a classic mid century modern office desk.
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