Beyond C90. The constantly surprising allure of the classics. LC3 Exemplaire Personnel, personal interpretations for a series of limited editions, alongside the latest collection presented at imm cologne 2018.
Cassina presents the past, present and future at imm cologne 2018. The stand, characterised by the In Store Philosophy 3 concept, the coordinated image developed by Patricia Urquiola for the company’s stores, brings together Cassina’s most recent collection together with a series of new combinations for its iconic products. Thanks to the continuous research carried out on the classics, historical ‘secrets’ reveal the importance of personalised objects, a concept which is always more actual today.
Design classics with a historical twist. The LC3, historically known as the Fauteuil Grand Confort, was designed in 1928 by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand as part of their revolutionary interiors project. The first prototypes were made to furnish Villa Church, owned by an American couple living in Paris, and the next year a selection was displayed – with much scandal - at the Salon d’Automne at the Grand Palais. Each architect had designed a specific version for the exhibit, the production of which they personally financed, based on their individual ideas and tastes. Their final choice was to show the Le Corbusier version. Following the exhibition the three architects took their personal prototypes home: Charlotte Perriand to her apartment in Montparnasse, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret to rue Jacob in the Latin Quarter, until 1934 when Le Corbusier moved to his new apartment in rue Nungesser-et-Coli.
History supplies fascinating variations. During imm cologne, Cassina presents two of the three Exemplaire Personnel models, one by Le Corbusier and the other by Charlotte Perriand. The personal examples of these armchairs are part of a more ample research to discover the farsighted approach of Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand to design tailor-made furniture for specific architectural projects. Cassina, in collaboration with the Le Corbusier Foundation and heirs of the architects, has in fact put into production a number of historical pieces, for example from the Villa Church and Villa La Roche projects, recognisable for their non-standard use of colour and constructive details. The Exemplaire Personnel also differ from the standard LC models in their colour combinations and quality of leather.