2015 is an important year for the Italian furniture brand Cassina which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the LC Collection (Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand), this will also coincide with the commemoration of the 50 years since Le Corbusier passed away.
Cassina accepted the challenge to produce these revolutionary items, unfamiliar at the time, from 1965, introducing over the years a series of technical innovations to advance the products from a small artisanal production to an industrial manufacturing process.
Thanks to the collection’s commercial success, which went hand in hand with the internationalisation of the company, these products were distributed worldwide, making them the familiar icons that they have become today.
Among the initiatives announced by the brand green innovation: from the transfer to trivalent chrome (CR3) for all of the collection’s frames – a safe and considerably less toxic alternative to hexavalent chromium, to the introduction of organic leather and a new soft microfiber fabric, innovations that have a reduced impact on the environment.
Cassina’s commitment is in fact to pro-actively develop the LC Collection with product innovation and support cultural initiatives to diffuse the culture of authentic design.
Cassina is the only authorised company to produce these designs by Le Corbusier, Jeanneret, Perriand, working in close collaboration with the Le Corbusier Foundation and the heirs of the co-authors. Right from the very beginning, the models were branded with a progressive production number, an innovative instrument to recognise the artistic value of the pieces and to ensure control of the original production.
It is vital to fight against imitations and protect the culture of design as an important historic and cultural heritage in order to sustain innovation and quality
The intense historical research carried out by Cassina, the Le Corbusier Foundation and the heirs of the co-authors, has led to a series of product upgrades for the LC Collection with the aim of discovering the authentic spirit of the project. For example, a reviewed palette of colours has been presented for the collection’s frames, discovered during the analysis of models from the archives and museums, which will update the nuances originally identified in 1978 by Charlotte Perriand.
Another novelty includes the LC9 stool, designed in 1927 by Charlotte Perriand with an Indian cane seat for her apartment in Paris and later exhibited in 1929 at the Salon d’Automne where it was adapted with a removable sponge seat for the bathroom, became part of the LC Collection in 1973. Confectioned in its own personalised box, the LC9 has been proposed for this anniversary in its original version with a cane seat and also redesigned with a leather seat, making it adapt for all areas of the home.