le corbusier stool/boxes


italian brand cassina have just launched a range of wooden furniture originally designed in the 1950's by the swiss architect le corbusier.

while not everything in the collection is to my taste, i do really like the box/stools, which come in two sizes, and have some very nice design details. i like the routed handles on all of the sides and the joints of the wood, and i really like the screen printed detail for the numbering of the editions (see bellow image).


Details of the two stools are below:

LC 14 02 Tabouret Maison du Brésil, Paris 1959. Le Corbusier – Cassina I Maestri Collection

The Tabouret in its three-dimensional version, designed by Le Corbusier in 1959 for the Maison du Brésil, a university residence in Paris. A stool of understated elegance created in solid, natural coloured oak. Along the two main sides, the oblong openings make it easy to move and the stool can be placed either horizontally or vertically. The exclusive dovetail joint system on the corners emphasises Cassina’s precision and skill in crafting solid wood.

Measurements: 33cm x 25cm x h.43cm

LC 14 01 Tabouret Cabanon, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin 1952. Le Corbusier – Cassina I Maestri Collection

A solid chestnut stool in natural wood colour with two dimensions and a squared side. Designed for the Cabanon, a place of intense design experimentation where, alongside numerous fixed pieces of furniture, mobile pieces are conceived as boxes. A simple seat that is also very refined, thanks to the dovetail joints which emphasise the links between each solid wood plane. The oblong hole on each side makes the Tabouret particularly easy to handle.

Measurements: 43cm x 27cm x h.43cm

very simple, and very nice, but also very expensive. i've heard that one of these will set you back just over £400 (which i shall hopefully soon be able to confirm)!

see the whole collection via the original link, here.