MENDINI, APPARTEMENT 50

Appartement 50 occasionally hosts exhibition projects of world famous designers like Jasper Morrison, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic and Pierre Charpin. WeVUX already talked about it for the 2015 exhibition by ECAL.

Jean-Marc Drut, owner of the landmark living space, has placed the keys in the hands of Italian radical designer Alessandro Mendini. Inspired by the primary colours that characterise Le Corbusier’s building, as the centre stage of the makeover he placed a strong line-up of eight custom-made, Memphis-style ceramic totems on the mezzanine floor, protecting the area and staring straight out of the window. ‘I selected eight colours similar to the ones he chose,’ Mendini explains, ‘with the aim of creating a diaphragm that acts on the modulation of sunlight.’  The room is furnished with a Nepalese rug, a striped caffettiera ‘Oggetto Banale’ on the mantlepiece and the playful ‘Amuleto’ floor lighting – all of which naturally enhance the wooden space. ‘All the normal furniture of the apartment has been left in place,’ Mendini explains, ‘including the paintings and documents belonging to Le Corbusier that are always present here.’  The installation is imbued with a sense of the resident, the builder and the designer who placed their mark on it. ‘Finally I have the wonderful occasion to render homage to Le Corbusier with my delicate “performance”’ Mendini muses. You can visit the exhibition from the 15th of July until the 13th of August. More info on Appartement 50 website

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