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December 7, 2012

During Art Basel/Design Miami this week, visitors to the Cassina Showroom were able to see - for the first time in the U.S. - a replica of the interior of Le Corbusier's 1952 Le Cabanon (Cassina has held exclusive rights to reproduce Corbu's work since 1965). A revolution at the time, Le Cabanon promoted simplistic, functional modernism over self-interested ornament in architecture.

Le Corbusier Cabanon 1952 at Art Basel

The entrance to the exhibit. Cassina Showroom, Miami, Florida.

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Le Corbusier Cabanon 1952 at Art Basel

The exterior of the Le Cabanon replica is a 1:1 of the original, measuring 13' x 15'1" x 10'1".

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Le Corbusier Cabanon 1952 at Art Basel

Here, an LC furniture display, including a stool that is now part of the Cassina collection.

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Le Corbusier Cabanon Interior Coat Hooks

Coat hooks inside. Only what is needed, and nothing more.

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Small Toilet Le Corbusier Cabanon 1952 at Art Basel

The interior reveals a small watering closet.

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Art Basel Le Corbusier Bench with Drawers

A streamlined bench with built-in drawers for storage in the modular one-room house. Note Le Corbusier's now-iconic choice of bold, primary hues overhead. The original Le Cabanon served as Le Corbusier's holiday home in Cap-Martin, France, where it overlooks the Bay of Monaco.

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Painted wall mural by Le Corbusier

The exhibit's replica includes an original mural painted by Le Corbusier.

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Le Corbusier Cabanon 1952 at Art Basel

The interior shot here shows the simple, efficient cabinets, small table, and bench.

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Art Basel Le Corbusier Interior with Overhead Cupboards

The built-in table and stools were crafted from used whiskey crates. The overhead cabinets provide additional storage so possessions are kept neatly out of sight in the small living space.

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Le Corbusier Cabanon 1952 at Art Basel

The entrance to the exhibit. Cassina Showroom, Miami, Florida.

Image courtesy of ©claudiauribe2012.

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