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Two colour visionaries: Le Corbusier, architect and artist ...

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris alias Le Corbusier (1887 –1965) caused a sensation as an architect, urban planner, designer, artist and architectural theoretician, and was ahead of his time in many respects.

Le Corbusier began his career by training to be a watch engraver at the local vocational arts college, but soon discovered his passion for painting and architecture. During the 1920s, he moved to Paris as an architect, writer and painter. The villas he designed there set the standards for modern age architecture.

Two colour visionaries: Le Corbusier, architect and artist ... Together with his pseudonym Le Corbusier, horn-rimmed glasses and a bow tie became his trademarks.

Three masterpieces stand out from the wealth of his achievements, meanwhile becoming concepts in their own right:

  • “Five Points of Architecture“, an essay that laid out the principles for a free ground plan and facade design.
  • The “Modulor“, a system for the scale of architectural proportion based on the golden ratio.
  • “Polychromie architecturale“, a unique tool for harmonious colour selection.

Le Corbusier`s great designs are based on the “synthesis of art“, integrating architecture, interior design, furnishing and colour design. They are convincing and authoritative, right through to the present day.