Vitra Miniatures - Chaise Longue à Réglage Continu
At the end of 1927, Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret joined forces to put the "apartment furnishing” concept into practice. Visitors to the 1929 Autumn Salon were able to study the program for "L‘Equipement de L‘Habitation”, co-authored by all three designers. Thereafter, from 1930 to 1939, a small number of the seats and tables were produced by Thonet. Prior to this, in 1928, the designers had commissioned individual craftsmen with manufacturing furniture for Villa La Roche and Villa Church.
The chaise longue à réglage continu is a construction, in which the recliner is not attached to the frame. This allows the tilt of the chair to be adjusted smoothly without any mechanical devices being necessary. Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand wished to prove with their chaise longue that furniture made of materials which were new for the 20th century could be more than just what they called metal furniture "for hospitals and bistros”. The designs were rendered strikingly elegant by opting for coverings made of simple curtain material decorated in leather, as well as the use of foal or calf leather covers pulled taut using steel springs.
The Vitra Miniatures Collection presents the most important classics of modern furniture history in miniature. The construction, materials and colours correspond to the historical Vitra Design Museum collection original, right down to the last detail. Because they are so true to the originals, the miniatures are not only valuable collector’s items, but also ideal illustrative material for universities, colleges of design and architects. The Miniatures Collection is unique worldwide. For each miniature there is a licence agreement with the designer or his estate. Many designers collaborate with Vitra to develop the miniatures of their own designs and offer their assistance by supplying information on the objects. In return, Vitra honour the designer’s copyright by paying royalties.
Scale 1:6, 265 x 104 x 92 mm
Steel, chrome-plated and painted, leather, steel springs, rubber