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here's a new exhibition at Le Centre Pompidou in Paris: Le Corbusier, Mesures de l' Homme. Le Corbusier, Mesures de l’ Homme will run from the 29th April until the 3rd August and is bound to be a real crowd pleaser. This exhibition is dedicated, like the title suggests, to one of the “big names” of modern design: Le Corbusier. Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, best known as Le Corbusier, is the first architect to base his designs on the proportions of the human body. This undisputed genius single-handedly revolutionised how we inhabit the space. And in fact, this retrospective, which comes 50 years after his death, pays tribute to his innovative thinking.

Not everyone knows this, but Le Corbusier spent most of his career searching for an universal measuring unit, a sort of “keystone” if you like, to organize the domestic environment. Furthermore, the type of philosophical and scientific thinking predominant at the beginning of the twentieth century, namely that everything can be measured in some way, comes through in his work. As a matter of fact, in 1943, Le Corbusier deducted Modulor, a universal unit based on the size of the average human body: 183 cm in height and 226 cm adding the length of an arm. Modulor can beapplied across the boardto the fields of architecture, product design and even mechanics.

 At Le Centre Pompidou, the ten display rooms have been arranged to reflect this quest for the perfect measure. Here you will see design projects, sketches, drawings and even sculptures and paintings _ yes, because Le Corbusier was also an accomplished painter and sculptor. At a glance you'll immediately understand that Le Corbusier's notion was a touch of genius. In fact, it isn't at all surprising that his designs are still relevant today, in tune with our times; like if they had been especially made for us.


When: 29 April 2015 - 3 August 2015 

Where: Centre Pompidou, Paris


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