Le Corbusier Chair - Green Update

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Project by daltxguy posted 09-10-2009 03:07 PM 6684 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspired by Le Corbusier’s famous 1929 design for the Salon D’automne, this is a green update on his classic.

Entirely made from recycled materials: pallet wood, decking, cement slab boxing timber and casters (more versatile in today’s homes). No animals were harmed, no chemical leather tanning, no excessive steel was slagged or chromed, no artificial foam cushions were used.

True to the original, yet updated for today’s environmentally conscious consumer.

Natural finish. Pine, Eucalyptus. Dimensions 31 1/2”L x 24 1/2”H x 29”W, $1250

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#1 posted 09-10-2009 03:18 PM

Dave, I could sit in this all day. It reminds me of an Adirondack chair. I’ve obviously angled the back a bit, a slight change from the original. :)

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#2 posted 09-10-2009 03:28 PM

I can share the plans but to stay truly green, no one should ever print them out.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#3 posted 09-10-2009 03:36 PM

nice! what did you use for finish? it looks like it was hand rubbed with many layers of oil…. :-)

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#4 posted 09-10-2009 03:38 PM

Truly museum quality, Sir! And I love the matching ottoman in the second photo.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 09-10-2009 03:51 PM

Wow, this is magnificant! I’m going to have to go out on a limb and say the price is to low for this.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#6 posted 09-10-2009 04:12 PM


Did you used pneumatic or power tools that draw energy or hand saws and hammer?
Natural hide or fish glue? (Not PSA glue I believe)
Rotted nails?

I must admit your a master in the green side, and very creative.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#7 posted 09-10-2009 04:47 PM

Unique Idea

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#8 posted 09-10-2009 06:29 PM

Yeah, I can see the similarity in design features…

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#9 posted 09-10-2009 09:16 PM

Nice idea, but could use a few design tweaks to be really awesome. Seat looks a little to low, or maybe it’s to square, but it looks like an elevator car or something. Maybe bump the front of that base up so it has a slight incline? Or just push it up off the ground higher? Also not sure about the back pieces…I like the slabs but not so sure about those pieces…Using reclaimed material/found pieces takes alot of digging/finding until you get just the right ones. You could also think about picking a paint color and painting just a piece or two to help mix things up.

Sorry to be critical, but this is one of the more interesting, progressive pieces I’ve seen on here and want to give some opinions that I think would make it totally rad.

But I really enjoy where it is going, I think people would buy an army of these, especially local green businesses for their waiting rooms!

Is the finish completely natural? V.O.C. free?


-- -Shaun M. Baer,

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#10 posted 09-10-2009 10:44 PM

and I like Shaun’s interpretation as well.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 09-10-2009 11:41 PM

Love the one piece pallet base foundation. Cuts down on total build time.
And those “early American demolished hotel” arm rests are totally vintage.
Saving the environment and working that “Mad Max and the Thunder dome” angle is awesome!!!
Good Job

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#12 posted 09-11-2009 10:03 AM

Moshe - all natural finishes. Some hand rubbing…against the concrete – I have the scrapes to prove it.

Thanks CharlieM. I hadn’t even considered putting it with the matching ottoman. What a great idea!

Thanks kolwdwrkr. A ‘limb’ – haha – I get it. I’ll consider repricing it after some of the changes suggested by Shaun ( FunnelStudio)

Bricofleur- Serge, Salut et merci! Believe it or not, mostly hammer and saw. No glue at all and ok, I did use some fresh nails. I can do better.

Shaun(FunnelStudio) – what can I say. I appreciate the advice of an expert. You’re right on all counts. The seat is a bit too low. I think a cushion is still needed. I was thinking a nice natural flax fabric stuffed with bullrush seed pod fluff. I could it make it wedge shaped which would keep the clean lines but give some tilt to the body.

The back, well, yes, a better piece could have been picked. You know what happens, I was nearing the end of the project and I got impatient to finish and try it out. I’ll search for something better.

The finish is completely natural and VOC free. The concrete form boards are several years old and so has completely cured and I believe has stopped off-gasing but in any case, I don’t think that counts as VOC.

Thanks for your great feedback.

MsDebbie - always an honour to have you stop by and say something nice. Maybe I’ll make it into the next newsletter ;)

Woodwrecker - the simple foundation makes getting to the interesting stuff sooo much faster. The arms are actually cable reel pallet but I’m flattered that I had you think it was old American hotel. It was actually the look I was going for.

Thanks everyone for the inspiring comments and suggestions.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#13 posted 09-11-2009 10:17 AM

True to it’s genre AND politically correct ! What more could one ask for? Well done Steve.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 09-11-2009 10:51 AM

as for the cushion, i would suggest maybe coffee bag used for storing fair trade coffee beans? terranova has some (but there is a waiting list. If i get some i’ll keep one for you).
they also have some excellent filling materials from industrial waste (dacron fluffs). not really natural, but recycled.
as for the cable reel, isn’t it treated?

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#15 posted 07-04-2011 12:54 PM

My God I almost drowned in my coffee…
This is by fare the coolest recycle project ever.
I simply love it.
Perhaps because I’m a architect.
But this is good humor.
Best thougts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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