Unité d’Habitation – people also call it ‘Living Machine’ – is the name of a residential housing design principle Le Corbusier developed in the 1940s. Five of them have been realised, four in France and one in Berlin. The first one was the Cité radieuse in Marseille. Recently the Paris based design duo Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec got the chance to refurnish and design the interior of one apartment. The open doors of the Apartment 50 featuring the exhibition will be held from July 15 to August 15 2010.
Here is what the designers explain:
“It all started early this year when Jasper Morrison introduced us to the owners of one of the apartments in the housing block unit of the Marseille-based Radiant City. The Apartment 50 is not a museum; it is a lived-in space that we remodelled – just for the time of the summer season. We decided to feature a selection of objects from our collection of designs which seemed to rightly fit in this apartment and match the way the owners are living in it. As an echo to Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé’s original furniture of the space, it seemed natural to us to articulate the remodelling around the SteelWood collection, Magis – including a table, some chairs and a shelving system. Additionally, while remembering that Le Corbusier had a special interest in tapestries, we felt comfortable with the idea of installing a group of Clouds, Kvadrat up on the wall. Finally, a Zip carpet, Vitra and two of our latest lighting designs, including Lampalumina, Bitossi and LightHouse, Established & Sons and Venini, complete this ephemeral remodelling project.”