Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s Appartement 50 Installation 09.07.10

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The redesigned living room: Cloud, Kvadrat; Zip carpet, Vitra; LightHouse, Established & Sons and Venini; and SteelWood collection, Magis

Unité d'Habitation, Le Corbusier's housing block in Marseille, has long fascinated architects and designers. So when Jasper Morrison introduced Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec (icon 007 and icon 076) to the owners of one of the apartments within Cité Radieuse earlier this year, they quickly arrived at the idea of initiating a project within the space. The brothers have reinterpreted the interior of Appartement 50, drawing on the original furniture plan of Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand yet using specific pieces from their own repertoire to populate the different rooms. The SteelWood collection for Magis replaces the original table, chairs and shelving system. The Lampalumina for Bitossi and Established & Sons and Venini's LightHouse illuminates the space at a more intimate scale. Wall-hung tapestries have evolved into a Kvadrat Cloud. This juxtaposition between modernist architecture and contemporary furniture creates an interesting dialogue between an iconic project and celebrated objects of our time. It also underlines the relevance of the Corbusier building, showing how it can relate to contemporaneous as well as more current forms of inhabitation.

In keeping with the zeitgeist of pop-up shops and other such ephemeral spaces, the project is not a permanent museum. The apartment will be open for just one month this summer for visitors to experience the Bouroullec interpretation of a definitive modernist interior.

The Appartement 50 Installation by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec will be open to the public from 15 July to 15 August

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Corbusier's Cité Radieuse, Marseille

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Lampalumina, Bitossi as a beside lamp

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LightHouse, Established & Sons and Venini and Zip carpet, Vitra in the living room

 

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Manijeh Verghese

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The brothers have reinterpreted the interior of Appartement 50, drawing on the original furniture plan of Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand yet using specific pieces from their own repertoire to populate the different rooms

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