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Lampe de Marseille Mini

c. 1950-52/2012

by Le Corbusier
for Nemo Lighting

Lampe de Marseille Mini designed by Le Corbusier for Nemo Light­ing. Le Corbusier designed the Lampe de Marseille for the Unité d’Habitation of Marseille in 1949/1952 giving it the moniker of LC VI. The diffuser’s pivot­ing form features two cones of dramat­i­cally differ­ent propor­tions – the smaller cone directs light upward; the larger, flat­tened cone directs light down­ward. The Lampe de Marseille’s light in each conical diffuser can be used inde­pen­dently or simul­ta­ne­ously. The spun aluminum diffuser is avail­able with matt grey or white­wash body and white inte­rior. Double switch on the cable for func­tional and adjustable direct and indirect lighting.


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 Corbusier 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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