Wednesday, September 4, 2013

APPT.N°50: Le Corbusier after Konstantin Grcic

Chair One for Magis and Diana side tables for ClassiCon

After the temporary installations by Jasper Morrison in 2008 and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec in 2010, the Appartement N°50 has just hosted the industrial designer Konstantin Grcic's version.

Appt.N°50, in Le Corbusier´s famous Unité d'Habitation in Marseille, is almost completely preserved in its original 1952 condition. The appartment is privately owned and its passionate owner had the idea of opening it to the ideas of contemporary designers demostrating that Le Corbusier´s visionary work has the same vibrancy today as when it was originally conceived.

"Apart from placing a selection of my favorite furniture and objects I decided to tag the walls of the apartment with four blown up scans from an original punk fanzine. The punk motifs are tempting a slightly devious link between two completely unrelated worlds: Le Corbusier´s architecture and punk rock. Without forcing the idea of common grounds, I find that both have a rawness and uncompromising spirit which I have always found compellingly beautiful. Bringing both cultures together in this project felt most inspiring and, in the end, surprisingly fitting.
In contrast to Le Corbusier ´s enigmatic color scheme of the interior, the intervention is kept in iconic red, black and white." Konstantin Grcic


Mayday lamp for Flos, Jerry stools for Magis, Pro chair for Flötotto, and 2-Hands laundry basket for Authentics

360° container for Magis

Topkapi marble table for Marsotto and 360° chairs for Magis

Medici chairs and side table for Mattiazzi; Mayday lamp for Flos

Pallas table for ClassiCon and Venice armchair for Magis

Chair One for Magis

Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation, Marseille

All photographs of the work of Le Corbusier © Philippe Savoir & FONDATION LE CORBUSIER/ ADAGP

Cité Radieuse
Unité d’habitation Le Corbusier
Appartement 50, 5ème rue
280 boulevard Michelet
F - 13008 Marseille
www.appt50lc.org

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