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Le Corbusier

architect - designer (1887-1965)

Le Corbusier is the name of art chosen by Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, designer, architect, sculptor, painter, writer, and theoretician, born in Switzerland in the city of La Chaux-de-Fonds.

In 1906 he made his debut with the construction of the villa Fallet, which he built in the native city. In 1917 he moved to Paris where he met and met the painter Amedée Ozenfant, with whom he founded "L'Esprit nouveau" magazine in 1919.

In 1925 he presented at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris the Esprit Nouveau Pavilion, a project based on the synergy between architectural design and painting that was later considered one of the masterpieces of modern architecture.

Around 1928, he worked with Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand creating a series of furniture items made of metal that immediately became recognized as classics, including the famous extensible armchair called Chaise Longue, built in 1929.

In 1929 he created the Ville Savoye in Passy. In 1930 the first study plan for the urbanization of the city of Algiers and the project for the Swiss university pavilion in Paris.

Between 1932 and 1933 he designed and built in Paris the hotel-shelter for the army of salvation, putting into practice a first attempt at an air conditioning system.

In 1938 he published the project for the Ville Radieuse, the urban plan for Nemours, the project for the Cartesian skyscraper and the plan for Buenos-Aires.

In 1951 he designed the chapel of Ronchamp, and began work in Chandigarh, India. In 1965 he began designing for the new Venice Hospital.

Notable works by Le Corbusier:
LC4, chaise lounge, 1928
LC6, table, 1928
LC2, armchair, 1928

Siphon (oil painting, 61 x 50 cm), 1921
Glasses and bottles with wine (oil painting, 130 x 90 cm), 1928
The fall of barcelona (free design, 71 x 103 cm), 1960

Vers une Architecture (architectural text), 1912