Designer Spotlight: Le Corbusier

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Swiss-born architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier, is one of the most venerated figures in the 20th-century canon. His oeuvre spans furniture, "machines for living," and master plans—some celebrated, some derided, but all significant to the modern world. Discover some of Corbu's work in the following slideshow.

The gallery is the main space in the Villa La Roche, and is dominated by a sweeping curved ramp, flush against the hollow of the facade—Corbusier's way of playing with alternating straight and curved lines. Photo  of Designer Spotlight: Le Corbusier modern home

Nestled in a leafy alleyway in Paris's famous 16th arrondissement, Villa La Roche is a prime reflection of modernist architecture in France. Built between 1923 and 1925 by Le Corbusier, it stands as an experiment in linking two distinct programs, intertwining both art gallery and home.

Le Corbusier built the Villa le Lac for his mother in 1923. At 689 square feet, the open-plan house located on the shores of Lake Geneva features a bedroom, powder room, bathroom, kitchen, and small salon that could be converted into a guest room. Photo  of Designer Spotlight: Le Corbusier modern home

Le Corbusier built the Villa le Lac for his mother in 1923. At 689 square feet, the open-plan house located on the shores of Lake Geneva features a bedroom, powder room, bathroom, kitchen, and small salon that could be converted into a guest room.

Over 60 years ago, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru tapped the Swiss architect Le Corbusier to design the Indian city of Chandigarh, a new modern capital for the state of Punjab. The resulting Palace of Assembly is one of the architect’s great brutalist buildings. Photo  of Designer Spotlight: Le Corbusier modern home

Over 60 years ago, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru tapped the Swiss architect Le Corbusier to design the Indian city of Chandigarh, a new modern capital for the state of Punjab. The resulting Palace of Assembly is one of the architect’s great brutalist buildings.

The Cabanon, the only structure that famed architect Le Corbusier ever designed for himself, was reconstructed inside the Royal Institute of British Architects in the UK for the exhibition "Le Corbusier’s Cabanon 1952/2006 - The Interior 1:1," presented in partnership with Cassina. Photo  of Designer Spotlight: Le Corbusier modern home

The Cabanon, the only structure that famed architect Le Corbusier ever designed for himself, was reconstructed inside the Royal Institute of British Architects in the UK for the exhibition "Le Corbusier’s Cabanon 1952/2006 - The Interior 1:1," presented in partnership with Cassina.

Ronchamp, Notre Dame du Haut Le Corbusier, 1955. Photo  of Designer Spotlight: Le Corbusier modern home

"Visiting Le Corbusier’s Ronchamp chapel is a very moving, spiritual experience, even for the non-religious," says architect Page Goolrick. "The small, yet immensely powerful structure sits high atop a hill in a small town on the border with Switzerland and Germany, just a few hours southeast of Paris." Read more of her analysis about the famed chapel here.

It all starts with the specs. Thick, round, black, and as demonstrated here, equally dapper whether worn on the face or forehead. Photo  of Designer Spotlight: Le Corbusier modern home

In addition to influencing the built environment, Le Corbusuer also had an influential and distinctive look—his thickrimmed glasses have become synonymous with architects' fashion. Find out more about that here.

Le Corbusier and the Power of Photography, published by Thames & Hudson. Photo  of Designer Spotlight: Le Corbusier modern home

To learn more about Le Corbusier, check out these three books.

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