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Le Corbusier's apartment – design studio: what is essential is visible to the eyes

| Designbest editorial staff


“What's a chair, if not an object to solve the task of receiving the human body in a semi-upright position?” This was stated by Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, best known as Le Corbusier; the architect who brought us modernism, as well as being an accomplished painter and iconic product designer. A rigorous thinking process, objects without frills and embellishments and a desire to find beauty in functionality: this is what lays behind most of his work.


A striking example of this, is the apartment where Le Corbusier lived and worked in the last years of his life. We aren't talking about a monk's cell, of course, but in fact, of 240 square metres, arranged over the top two floors of the Immeuble Molitor, one of his buildings with an incredible view over Bois de Boulogne. Here, function triumphs over anything else.


You will definitely admire all the cleverly placed architectural details. For example, the wide windows designed to fill the room with lots of natural light and inspired by Mediterranean living. The large internal vaults, which contrast sharply with the minimalist exterior. Here, getting rid of beams and unnecessary walls is a trick used to create more living space. And portable partitions, which separate different environments without cutting them off from each other, just like the large revolving doors.


Our suggestion: let yourself be dazzled by this amazing interior, where everything is functional and nothing is taken for granted. For example, you will definitely be baffled by his inexplicably tall bed, but if only you could lay on it you would immediately understand that it's at the right height for looking at the Bois de Boulogne. This is a touch of genius, don't you agree?


And the living room couldn't be complete without Le Corbusier's true iconic piece: the LC4 chaise-longue. Its clever frame rocks following the natural movements of the body. Nothing more simple than a few steel rods and thin padding: fundamentally beautiful. 


Appartement-atelier Le Corbusier
24, rue Nungesser et Coli
75016 Paris
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