Is Modernism dead? The sinking of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye

Danish artist Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen's installation Flooded Modernity, a full-scale, 15 x 6 x 9m model of a corner of Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye (1929), will float in the waters of Vejle, Denmark, until September 2nd. The sculpture, made of wood, polystyrene, and Plexiglas, is part of the Vejle Floating Art Festival.  The artist, Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen, imagined the 11,000-pound work of art as a comment on the ‘sinking’ of the public sphere after the disclosure of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the manipulation of democratic elections through social media.

Streamliners: the golden age of lifestyle & design

"Always travel in style": in February 2018, the Victoria & Albert museum will re-imagine the golden age of ocean travel with "Ocean Liners: Speed & Style", an exhibition born from the collaboration between the museum and Viking Cruises. Co-organised by the V&A in London and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, it is the first ever exhibition to explore the design and cultural impact of the ocean liner on an international scale. It will explore all aspects of ship design from ground-breaking engineering, architecture and interiors to the fashion and lifestyle aboard. Showcasing over 250 objects, including paintings, sculpture, and ship models, alongside objects from shipyards, wall panels, furniture, fashion, textiles, photographs, posters and film. It will display objects never-before-seen in Europe, and reunite objects not seen together since on-board these spectacular vessels, which revolutionised ocean travel from the mid-19th century to the late 20th century.

Konstantin Grcic rocks Le Corbusier

This summer, Konstantin Grcic will be holidaying in Marseille, at Le Corbusier's Cité Radieuse (Radiant City, 1952).  After Jasper Morrison and the Bouroullec brothers, the German designer will exhibit his own works and pin a series of punk posters to the walls of the Appt. N°50 from July 15, for a month. Ce été, Konstantin Grcic passera ses vacances à Marseille, investissant la Cité Radieuse (1952) de Le Corbusier. Après Jasper Morrison et les frères Bouroullec, le designer allemand posera ses valises dans l'appartement n°50 à partir du 15 juillet, pour un mois. Le décor éphémère mêlera pièces de mobilier signées Konstantin Grcic et posters punk...

Dans le laboratoire secret de Le Corbusier

Le musée d'art moderne de Stockholm (Moderna museet) propose "Moment - Le Corbusier's Secret Laboratory", une exposition qui révèle les diverses dimensions de l'oeuvre de l'architecte et designer. Nombre de sculptures et peintures rarement exposées, objets mécaniques et illustrations variées de sa quête de la forme poétique, autant de pièces issues du "laboratoire secret" de le Corbusier, son atelier de peinture, et qui explorent les résonances entre travail artistique et design architectural. Held at the Stockholm Museum of Modern art (Moderna museet), "Moment - Le Corbusier's Secret Laboratory" displays the many dimensions of the architect and designer's oeuvre, including very seldom shown sculptures and paintings. In Le Corbusier’s painting studio – his “secret laboratory”- are to be found many mechanical objects and artifacts of his the search for poetic forms, investigating the resonances between artistic work and architectural design.

Le Corbusier x Cassina : le Cabanon à Miami

Dans le cadre d'Art Basel/Design Miami, Cassina exposait pour la première fois sur le continent américain une réplique exacte du Cabanon réalisé en 1952 à Roquebrune-Cap-Martin par Le Corbusier. During Art Basel/Design Miami, Cassina showcased for the first time in America a replica of Le Corbusier's Roquebrune-Cap-Martin "Cabanon" ("the shed"), built in 1952.

Phillips collectionne les légendes pour sa “September London Design Auction”

La maison de ventes aux enchères Phillips, de Pury & Company réunit une fois encore une impressionnante liste de trésors en vue de sa sacro-sainte vente Design de septembre, qui se tiendra à Londres le 27. Parmi les lots phare, l'unique prototype du fauteuil Orly (1955) du designer et décorateur Jean Royère, estimé entre 30 000 et 55 000£ (soient 35 000 à 63 000€), le disputera à un rangement-cloison de Charlotte Perriand & Le Corbusier réalisé pour La Maison du Brésil (Cité Universitaire de Paris, 1957, estimation 15 000-25 000£) ainsi qu'à la plus importante série de céramiques Modernistes jamais présentée en salle de ventes (images ci-après). Auction house Phillips, de Pury & Company have once again collected an impressive amount of treasures for their traditional September Design Auction, to be held at Phillips' London headquarters on Sept. 27 (viewing from Sept. 21 on). Among other highlights, a unique prototype of decorator and designer Jean Royère's 1955 Orly armchair (estimate £30,000-55,000), a Charlotte Perriand & Le Corbusier room divider from La Maison du Brésil (Cité Universitaire de Paris, 1957, £15,000-25,000) and the most important group of Modernist ceramics ever to appear at auction (pictures after the jump).

Le Corbusier version BIG en Finlande

Inspiré par le principe DOM-INO imaginé jadis par Le Corbusier, le projet architectural PUU-BO de Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) vient d'emporter la compétition e2 (economy + ecology) timber. Les éco-constructions modulables en bois de BIG, se prêtant à toutes les interprétations typologiques, composeront une nouvelle cité de 15 000 m2, dans la ville de Kouvola, en Finlande. Based upon Le Corbusier's DOM-INO prefab blocks, PUU-BO architectural project by the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has won the e2 (economy + ecology) timber competition. The flexible wooden housing project (based on the PUU-BO structure, becoming the core element of any kind of architectural typology), will spread upon 15 000 m2 in Kouvola, Finland.