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Appliqué de Marseille

by Le Corbusier
for Nemo Lighting

Appliqué de Marseille designed by Le Corbusier for Nemo Light­ing. Le Corbusier designed the Appliqué de Marseille for his Paris apart­ment at Rue Nungesser et Coli in 1938. Although Le Corbusier gave the moniker of LC VII the highest model number when included with a series of lamps designed for the Unité d’Habitation in Marseille and Cabanon of Roque­brune Cap Martin in 1952, they were one of the first light he created. Appliqué de Marseille features double emis­sion and is avail­able in aluminum painted in either a matt grey or white­wash with white internal diffusers.

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Le Corbusier

Switzerland (1887–1965)

There are perhaps only a handful of people who truly changed the way the 20th Century looked, and Le Corbusier was without a doubt one of them. A self-taught polymath in the fields of architecture, philosophy, and design, Le Courbusier was among the very first to encourage the use of tubular steel and concrete, and certainly a master of those materials. His work emphasizes profile over ornament, with a firm belief that simple geometric forms are best.

Born Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Griss in 1887, by the age of twenty he’d relocated from Switzerland to Paris, shortened his name to Le Corbusier, and designed his first house. Le Corbusier went on to conceive the International Style, a philosophy that favored open floor plans, concrete structures raised on support pillars, and horizontal windows instead of ornamented facades. Buildings like his Radiant City in Marseille remain the ne plus ultra of Modernism and prefigured Brutalism, influencing generations of architects to come. And his furniture has grown even more influential since his death in 1965. Seating like his steel-and-hide LC1 chair are, while radical in their day, are now like timeless classics, often imitated but never bettered.

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