Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand’s famous LC4 recliner is a porn star (NSFW)

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We haven’t covered the set decoration of any adult film sets here at Film and Furniture before, but it seems we might have been missing a trick when it comes to classic chair spotting. Published by Éditions Monumental, We Don’t Embroider Cushions Here is a book cataloging the appearance of the famous LC4 recliner in pornographic movies.

Artists Augustine and Josephine Rockebrune began to notice that the tubular steel and leather modernist classic, designed in 1928 by Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, makes a common appearance in adult films. This led to the twin sisters watching hundreds more and to dedicate their findings and screengrabs to a book on the subject.

See, we told you once you start furniture spotting in films, it becomes addictive.

We Don’t Embroider Cushions Here book by Augustine and Josephine Rockebrune

We Don’t Embroider Cushions Here book by Augustine and Josephine Rockebrune

As unlikely as it may seem on the surface, Modernist design and pornography are frequent bedfellows. As the authors point out in an interview with Its Nice That: “[It is] probably the same reason the Coen Brothers made their character, the pornographer Jackie Treehorn live in John Lautner’s Sheats-Goldstein residence in The Big Lebowski and eventually immortalised the house”.

We Don’t Embroider Cushions Here book by Augustine and Josephine Rockebrune

We Don’t Embroider Cushions Here book by Augustine and Josephine Rockebrune

Don’t mistake the intentions of this book however: We Don’t Embroider Cushions Here publishers remind us that the contents of the book reveal a “new and outrageous chapter in the legend of designer Charlotte Perriand and her famous master Le Corbusier”.

They continue “50 years after Corbusier’s death, this book documents how his degrading view of women haunts the very chair his unpaid and uncredited assistant Perriand designed in his shadow: the LC4. Throughout 192 pages of screenshots, uncovered through meticulous research on adult websites, the sisters Rockebrune explore the diabolical irony with which Perriand’s iconic chaise longue has become a preferred “fuck-prop” in the adult film industry. Readers will witness how the LC4 has become the leather “altar” on which women of all races are systematically reduced to objects, good for nothing but whoring or – as Le Corbusier suggested to Perriand – “embroidering cushions”. There, that told you.

Which begs the question, if the artist authors feel Le Corbusier was verging on sexism and that the films they researched are objectifying women, then why create a 212 page tome honouring those very subjects?

We Don’t Embroider Cushions Here book by Augustine and Josephine Rockebrune

We Don’t Embroider Cushions Here book by Augustine and Josephine Rockebrune

We Don’t Embroider Cushions Here book by Augustine and Josephine Rockebrune

We Don’t Embroider Cushions Here book by Augustine and Josephine Rockebrune

We Don’t Embroider Cushions Here book by Augustine and Josephine Rockebrune

We Don’t Embroider Cushions Here book by Augustine and Josephine Rockebrune

We Don’t Embroider Cushions Here is printed in a limited edition of 500 numbered copies at $39 from Éditions Monumental.

Detail of the LC4

Detail of the LC4

The design classic that is the LC4 is produced by Cassina and available in USA from Design Within Reach, and in the UK, The Conran Shop sell the “Hairyskin” version.

The LC4 in tubular steel and leather

The LC4 in tubular steel and leather

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Paula Benson

Film and Furniture founder / Co-Creative Director at Form. Passionate about interiors, design, art, film, music and mind over matter.

Posted in: Feature on April 11, 2017
Object Type: chair lounger
Object Sub-type: LC4
Object Designer: Le Corbusier Charlotte Perriand
Object Shop: The Conran Shop Design Within Reach
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