When the now instantly recognisable LC3 armchair was first shown in public in 1929 it was an immediate design sensation, creating a new silhouette for domestic furniture that continues to shape the way we live today. Three of the most influential designers of the era – Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand – had collaborated on the Fauteuil Grand Confort project (a modernist response to redesigning the archetypal tub chair), each creating their own slightly different prototype. While the Le Corbusier version, with its pleasing building-block arrangement of angular lines and tubular frame, was the version that went into production, the three designers remain credited with the chair Cassina still produces today.
This year, Cassina is producing two new limited editions of the chair; the Perriand (CP) and Le Corbusier (LC) pieces (both £5,970) debuted in Cologne in January and will appear at Fuorisalone during MilanDesign Week in April. The CP edition has a light-blue tubular frame and soft brown leather upholstery, while the grey leather LC is framed by green metal detailing. The introduction of a luxurious feather filling adds comfort to the chairs’ clean lines.
“I think that the Fauteuil Grand Confort is beloved because it represents a sort of ‘punk’ moment that broke the rules of modern furniture,” says Cassina managing director Gianluca Armento of the LC3’s perennial appeal. “It was such a legendary project and holds many stories that can be relived through single moments. It was responsible for a beloved object.”
There will be just 100 of each design available to order – so buyers quick off the mark could be the fortunate owner of a future design classic.