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French, born Switzerland, 1887 - 1965
Swiss, 1896 - 1967
French, 1903 - 1999
Manufactured by EMBRU-WERKE AG
Swiss, established 1904
Chaise Longue 2072
Designed 1928–29, made c. 1933–37
Bent chromed steel, iron, leather, canvas, and rubber

26 x 21 1/4 x 63 inches

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Gift of The Brown Foundation, Inc., in memory of Sally Walsh

Arts of Europe

This Chaise Longue is one of the most iconic furniture forms of the 20th century. It was designed in 1929 by architect Le Corbusier (born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret) in conjunction with his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret, and designer Charlotte Perriand.

Consisting of an H-shaped base and a reclining surface mounted on two bow-shaped metal tubes, Chaise Longue is dynamic in its form and versatility. Le Corbusier, who was fascinated by machines, referred to this design as a “machine for resting.” Indeed, with its adjustable frame, the chair offers numerous positions for relaxing.

In the late 1920s, avant-garde French furniture design was heavily influenced by the innovations emanating from the Bauhaus design movement in Germany. The tubular steel designs of Marcel Breuer, in particular, spurred many French designers, including Le Corbusier, to develop their own furniture featuring these new materials and innovative style. The manufacturer Thonet began producing this Chaise Longue, which is model number 2072, in Austria in 1929, soon after the chair was first designed. Embru-Werke, the manufacturer of the MFAH example, took over production briefly from 1933 to 1937 and later, under license from Thonet, the firm once again produced the chaise in the 1950s. The Italian furniture maker Cassina began production in 1965 and Chaise Longue 2072 has been one of the company's most popular models ever since.