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Learning from le Corbusier - why this famous French designer still has lessons for us

Learning from le Corbusier - why this famous French designer still has lessons for us

 

le Corbusier was largely self taught, never attending university or studying architecture formally. Instead he filled hundreds of sketchbooks with landscapes and ideas … a bit like us with our pinterest mood boards? Perhaps we could learn to have more confidence about our design ideas, just as he did.

pinterest mood board
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He proclaimed, ‘Architecture or Revolution!’ because he believed that efficient, industrialised architecture would save the world from class-based revolution. We may or may not agree, but those of us using converted industrial buildings - from docklands studio flats through to factory restaurants - will recognise the value of what he claimed.

le Corbusier painted with light, as this image of Chapelle Notre-Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France reveals. Many of us are guilty of planning the perfect room without getting radical with our light sources and perhaps we could benefit from learning how to light with conviction.

le Corbusier chapel
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This famous architect used the concept of the ‘open hand’ to design many of his buildings, saying that it was a place of contemplation to discuss public affairs and a sign of peace and reconciliation - the ‘open hand’ also looks like a bird, signifying freedom, specifically freedom of thought. In this way he was one of the fathers of multipurpose objects, so everything from the Spork to our own Pill multifunction desk could be considered to have been godfathered by le Corbusier.

le Corbusier Open Hand
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le Corbusier had an opinion on everything, from “Chairs are architecture, sofas are bourgeois” all the way up to “Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.” Learning how to provide ourselves with space, light and order in our interior design is, according to this iconic architect, as important as our food and rest and that approach to styling our homes could serve us well, if we adopted it. Also, his chairs are awesome!

le Corbusier chair
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