Modernist Classic Re-Envisioned as Concrete “Horror”
August 7, 2012
Designer Stefan Zwicky‘s stark yet memorable chair design possesses aesthetic appeal while seemingly offering little in the way of comfort. The piece renders Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand’s perennial modernist classic “LC-2 armchair” as a concrete cube, conflating time and the famed French architect’s career so as to enjoin the Purism phase (from which the original 1928 design belongs) with the later proto-Brutalist passages. The self-professedly ‘Modern’-tubular steel cage is here replaced with a harness of rebar, while the soft, supple contours of the tight leather massing are translated into the cast rigidity of the beton brut slab-on-slab sandwich, complete with characteristic pockmarks and revealed formwork (though the surfaces may be a little too smooth). Beyond the irreverence and referential play, Zwicky’s design presents an ironic commentary on the “alienating” nature of concrete when used as domestic building material.