Installation by Konstantin Grcic

Exhibition @APPT.N° 50 in Le Corbusier´s Cité Radieuse from July 15th until August 15th 2013

by Valentina Ieva

An installation by Konstantin Grcic will be open to the public from July 15th until August 15th 2013 at Appt. N° 50 in Le Corbusier´s Cité Radieuse in Marseille (1952). His project is the third in line following Jasper Morrison (2008) and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (2010).

Konstantin said: “I decided to tag the walls of the apartment with four blown up scans from an original punk fanzine. The punk motifs are tempting a slightly devious link between two completely unrelated worlds: Le Corbusier's architecture and punk rock. Without forcing the idea of common grounds, I find that both have a rawness and uncompromising spirit which I have always found compellingly beautiful. Bringing both cultures together in this project felt most inspiring and, in the end, surprisingly fitting”.

The objects showcased are:

360° chairs (by Magis), Topkapi marble table (by Marsotto), miura | sgabello, plank, 2-Hands laundry basket (by Authentics), Pro chair (by Flötotto), Jerry stools (by Magis), Mayday lamps (by Flos), Medici chairs, side table and foot stool (all by Mattiazzi), 360° container (by Magis), Venice armchair (by Magis), Pallas table and Diana side tables (by ClassiCon), myto, plank, Tip bin and H2O buckets (by Authentics), chair_ONE (by Magis).

In contrast to Le Corbusier´s enigmatic color scheme of the interior, the intervention is kept in iconic red, black and white.

Appt.N°50 is privately owned and it is thanks to the generosity and passion of its owner/occupant that the place is made accessible to a wider public during the summer months of each year.

The Le Corbusier´s Unité d´Habitation idea has the same vibrancy today as when it was originally conceived the apartment: it became a temporary stage for the initiatives and works of contemporary designers.


See the the interview with Konstantin Grcic at iSaloni 2013:


    • 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 cuore di natura elettrica’!)