While his most famous work dates back as early as the 1920s, the creations of famed architect, furniture maker and interior designer Le Corbusier remain as fresh and powerful today as when they were first introduced. Now, a whole new generation of design devotees will be able to experience the more personal side of the legendary modernist, by visiting an exact replica of “Le Corb’s” private beach retreat.
Constructed in 1952 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the French coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the house, which the designer christened Cabanon, was a simple, one-room cabin done in classic minimalist style. No other adornment was deemed necessary, as it might detract from the spectacular sea views outside. Today’s new version of Cabanon proves that it wasn’t just the setting that made this one room house so amazing.
Reconstructed at the Royal Institute of British Architects’ London headquarters, the replica of Le Corbusier’s home away from home remains strikingly modern more than 50 years later, and the beautiful, clean lines of the interior are a testament to the timelessness of Le Corb’s design. The exhibition, by furniture designer Cassina (who currently manufactures Le Corbusier’s famous and enduringly-popular sofas and chairs), is titled “Interior 1:1: Le Corbusier 1952 - Cassina 2006.” It will be open from March 5 through April 28, and also showcases a collection of the designer’s legendary furniture.