MODERN MAKEOVER IN HISTORIC LE CORBUSIER DESIGNED VILLA STEIN
This month's (June 2014) Elle Decor features an apartment in the historic Stein Villa in Paris, designed by Modernist icon, Le Corbusier. Built in 1927 by American art collector Michael Stein (brother of writer Gertrude Stein), it was subdivided in the 1960's into five apartments and it is one of these compact gems that is showcased in this month's magazine.
Owned by Julie Isore, the apartment, at 1250 sq ft. is flooded with light as the owner comments, "that was, of course, part of what Le Corbusier was doing with his architecture - bringing the outside in". Conversely, in his design for his 20th Century Classic LC Chairs and LC Sofas, he brought the inside out, ie, he exposed the frames of the seating rather than hiding them behind the upholstery.
While surprisingly, none of Le Corbusier's furniture designs are featured, the apartment's owner comments that the furniture chosen, from Scandinavia, Italy and France, is "in the spirit of Le Corbusier". Among the modern classics and vintage furniture featured are Arne Jacobsen light fixtures and dining chairs and a Knoll sideboard. An Achille Castiglioni Arco floor lamp, originally belonging to Julie's grandmother takes centre stage in the living room. The pieces are beautifully offset by Le Corbusier's trademark paint palette of ivory, grey and his particular shade of ultramarine, Outremer Bleu.