Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret
As one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, the name Le Corbusier is still one of the best known in the history of design. Born in 1887 in the Swiss canton of Neuchâtel as Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, he first trained as a carver and engraver and later turned more and more to painting and architecture. Throughout his career Le Corbusier pursued his diverse interests as an architect and architectural theorist, urban planner, draughtsman, painter and furniture designer: much of his furniture, including the LC collection through Cassina, was however created in close collaboration with the designer and architect Charlotte Perriand and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret with whom he ran the Le Corbusier Studio until 1940. Charlotte Perriand, born in 1903, was responsible for many furniture designs at Le Corbusier Studio, including the first tubular steel designs as displayed at the Salon d'Automne; and designs which, as with much of the trio's output were of both intellectual value and commercial success.