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10 Tips to Help Identify a Quality LC1 Le Corbusier Basculant Chair Design

The Basculant Chair, a quintessential piece of modern furniture by the famous architect

Charles Edouard Jeanneret (later changed to “Le Corbusier”), is also more formally known as the Le Corbusier LC1 Chair.  The Basculant Chair, or LC1, is artistically and mathematically designed with Le Corbusier’s affinity for the “golden ratio,” a mathematical and architectural concept that promotes proportional harmony in buildings and furniture.  Le Corbusier designed his buildings and furniture with the human body in mind, and was astute at designing ergonomically correct furniture, long before “ergonomics” was in the dictionary.  Although the Basculant Chair was originally designed in 1928, it’s slim lines and timeless appeal has made this chair a respected addition to any modern home furniture collection.  Its professional appearance and ergonomic design makes the Basculant Chair an ideal furniture selection for businesses and modern offices.  Its timeless appeal and its ability to use light as a design element, makes Le Corbusier’s Basculant Chair (LC1) a perfect choice for a modern home design that seeks to add comfort while maintaining a continuous visual flow throughout the interior’s design.

When you buy your Basculant Chair, keep these ten tips in mind to help you identify a quality LC1 Chair from poor replicas:

1)  The legs and frame of the LC1 Chair are made from forged and welded tubular steel.  A cold-drawn steel will provide a stronger durability.

2)  The tubular steel of Le Corbusier’s Chair should be high-glossed and chrome plated, preferably to .027mm.

3)  The interior bolts should be a strong hexagonal bolt.

4)  A rod is attached to the back of the frame.  That rod enables the chair to tilt.  Part of the ergonomical benefit of the LC1 Chair is due to the conjoining of the frame and the back of the chair with this rod.  The tilting ability provides continuous support even while a person is shifting sitting positions in the chair.

5)  Some of the original Basculant Chairs had the upholstery mounted on wooden frames, however steel is also common today because of its durability.

6)  The Basculant Chair is upholstered in a flat thick quality leather, preferably a full-grain.  A 2-3mm thick leather would be a heavier quality, and be welcome in modern rustic or modern western interior designs.  The slimness of the design allows for thickness between 1mm and 2mm as perfectly acceptable, and more appropriate, particularly for office furniture and airy modern homes.  Inferior leathers are under 1mm in thickness.  These will wear faster and crack faster than the thicker leathers.  Although browns and blacks are traditional, there are a multitude of colors and textures available today.

7)  The straps should also be made of a high quality matching leather.

8)  The original 1928 Basculants were 25 1/2 in x 25 ½ in x 25 1/2 in (64.8 cm x 64.8 cm x 64.8 cm).  However, there are also designs that are 23 to 25.2 inches in height,  25.6 to 27 inches in back to front width, and around 23.6 inches from front left to front right.

9) The measurement from the floor to the seat should be around 15 – 15.75 inches (40 cm).

10)  This chair can weigh anywhere from 25 to 35 pounds, depending on the type of steel and leather used.

Le Corbusier’s Basculant Chair design is a premium example of ancient and modern architectural principles embodied into a sophisticated modern chair design. The Basculant (LC1) Chair is a chair full of historical implications and principled design.  Buying quality Basculant Chairs for your modern office or home modern furniture collection will give your interior design a classical sophisticated aura – as well as a comfortable and ergonomically designed chairs of the highest quality.  Taking the above ten tips into consideration during your Basculant Chair purchase will protect you from buying an inferior design –  and help ensure that Le Corbusier’s design will have a continuous and prominent presence in the interior design of your home’s modern furniture collection.

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