by Valentina Ieva
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For its 6th edition, l’appartement N°50 welcomes Alessandro Mendini. The italian Maestro succeeds Jasper Morrison, Ronan& Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, Pierre Charpin and l’ECAL (Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne).

Alessandro Mendini created the Summer installation of the Appartement N°50 in the Unité d’Habitation of Le CORBUSIER in Marseille.

On the narrow South façade of the Unité d’Habitation, an apartment listed as « Historical Monument » since 1985 opens its door to the public, for a summer Design exhibition. The idea is to confront the Le Corbusier heritage to the vision of a Designer, by sharing the keys of this place kept in its historical authenticity.


With CORBU, 8 COLORS Alessandro Mendini has interpreted the space of this unique apartment with a great sensitivity and poetry.

His work will interact with the Original Equipments of CHARLOTTE PERRIAND and Le CORBUSIER, as a sign of colorful and friendly tribute


The apartment will be open to the public from july15th till August 13th; from 14h to 18h, except Sundays & Mondays.


Alessandro Mendini said: "Finally I have the wonderful occasion to render homage to Le Corbusier with my delicate "performance" inside the famous Appartement 50 at the Unité d'Habitation in Marseille"."I selected eight colors similar to the ones he chose, - he continued - and I made eight ceramic totems, each one painted with one of the eight colors. I positioned them on the railing that looks out over the living room below, with the aim of creating a diaphragm that acts on the modulation of sunlight. Then, with diagonal ribbons, I intersected the rhythm of the double-height wall panels, thinking to add a Japanese touch to the modular boiserie, which is similar to vertical tatamis. A Nepalese rug brings figurative expression to the living area, and adds its tragic story linked to last year's earthquake in Katmandu".

Images courtesy: APPT50 © Philippe Savoir & FONDATION LE CORBUSIER


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    • Valentina Ieva

      Valentina Ieva


      Bari / Italy

      Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al)