#64: A Machine for Living In
I’m a novice when it comes to “modern” (growing vintage by the moment) architecture and art movements, but ever the student I love to learn about them. I’m a sponge, be my teacher.
I find it endlessly inspiring to read about individuals who in their success had no desire to be like anyone or anything that came before them. They light sparks in us and remind us to do more and start being who we want to become.
Architects as artists fascinate me. They have the ability to completely change the visual landscape of a place, even if with a small oeuvre to show for their labors, and their work in cities is seen by more eyes than any one gallery or museum could lend. I’ve come under the spell of “starchitect” Le Corbusier, fronteirsman of Modern and International style, but more so the man himself than the legacy. Le Corbusier proselytized that the world’s cities “must start again from zero”. I’m a dogmatic preservationist with an appreciation for blending the old with the new, but still, I can get deep with his teachings: Be pure, think big.
Plus, now that I’ve unearthed the world’s most perfect double breasted Glenn Plaid jacket (vintage de la Renta! How did I forget about this?) from the bowels of my closet, I’m determined to get a pair of owl eye spectacles and go all Le Corbusier on you before the temperature breaks 70. (Yes, prescription lenses. Don’t question it.)
Le Corbusier at work:
Ronchamp, France – back, or is it front?
Villa Savoye, France
The man built himself a holiday home, called Cabanon, in the South of France in the early 50’s. I’d like to give minimalism a go in a place like this. In 2006 a replica was created for exhibition in London:
Less is more, no?