via Vitra: Following Jasper Morrison and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic took over apartment no. 50 at Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation, tagging the walls with four blown up scans from an original punk fanzine.
There is an apartment in Le Corbusier’s famous Cité Radieuse (radiant city) in Marseille, which retains the original layout and features of its 1952 condition. One of the privately-owned and barely-changed apartments is App.N°50, which is made accessible to a wider public during the summer months of each year.
As proof that Le Corbusier’s visionary Unité d’Habitation has the same vibrancy today as when it was originally conceived the apartment is turned into a temporary stage for the ideas and works of contemporary designers. The space has previously hosted temporary installations by Jasper Morrison in 2008 and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec in 2010.
As part of Marseille’s role as European Capital of Culture 2013, German designer Konstantin Grcic decorated and furnished the apartment filling it with his favourite things. Apart from placing a selection of his favorite furniture and objects Grcic decided to tag the walls of the apartment with four blown up scans from an original punk fanzine. “The punk motifs are tempting a slightly devious link between two completely unrelated worlds: Le Corbusier’s architecture and punk rock.” And Grcic continues: “Without forcing the idea of common grounds, I find that both have a rawness and uncompromising spirit which I have always found compellingly beautiful. Bringing both cultures together in this project felt most inspiring and, in the end, surprisingly fitting.”
The installation will be open to the public until August 15th 2013.
Cité Radieuse – Unité d’habitation Le Corbusier
280 boulevard Michelet
13008 Marseille – France
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