In the Studio: Cube Chair
[Cube Chair (2011) /Image & Artwork: designslinger studio]
In 1920 the 33-year-old designer, architect, philosophizer, and future city planner Charles-Edouard Jeanneret adopted the nom de guerre, Le Corbusier, a mashup of the name Lecorbesier which came from his mother's side of the family.
[LC2 Petite Confort (1928) Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand, designers /Image & Artwork: designslinger studio]
In 1928, Corbusier teamed-up with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perrinad to design a pair of chairs that fit neatly with the architect's idea that the modern house was a "machine for living." The Grand Confort designs came in two sizes, Petite, model LC2, and Grand, model LC3, which had a wider seat than its sibling. The furniture was functional "equipment de l'habitation," and of its time, not covered in old world upholstery with wood framing. The designers hid nothing. The structural components were completely exposed for all the world to see and the black leather cover was an elegant and sleek compliment to the polished nickel frame. Nothing was there that didn't need to be there, and the 2 sizes of the tubular steel components - one for strength, one for stability - were determined by the structural requirements of the chair itself and nothing more. The "L" bracket at the bottom held the cushions in place, and the cube actually provided a pretty comfortable place to plop down into.
[Cube Chair - inks and extenders /Image & Artwork: designslinger studio]
The LC2 cube-shaped chair print was a no brainer after our original chair-themed inspiration, Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona. They both have a lot in common, but present very different solutions to the issue of modern seating. Choosing black for the ink color was pretty easy - especially against the white of the paper. We chose to keep the ink "salted" just like we did with the Barcelona because it provided more depth, and didn't look like a vinyl decal.
See the print in its entirety at: Cube Chair.