Known as Le Corbusier, Charles-Edouard Jeanneret was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland in 1887.
Having worked in many fields as an architect, urban planner, painter, author, designer and theoretician, Le Corbusier opened an architecture studio in Paris with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret in 1922. In 1928, Charlotte Perriand also joined the studio and, together, they started experimenting in furniture design.
Le Corbusier put harmony and proportion at the heart of his design philosophy. After World War II, the designer looked for active ways to house a great number of people as a reaction to the urban housing crisis. He believed that new and modern architectural forms would provide an innovative solution which would increase the lower classes’ quality of life. He built a series of apartment blocks all around France, the most famous of which is Unité d’Habitation in Marseille.
One of the greatest masters of modern architecture, Le Corbusier opened Fondation Le Corbusier in Paris to leave his library and sketches to younger generations before his death in 1965.