Our experienced designers will help you create personalized homes anytime, anywhere Get Started

Icons: Le Corbusier

 

One of the 20th century’s most radical thinkers, he paved the way for modern architecture as we know it

Born in 1887 as Charles-Edouard Jeanneret to watch engraver and enameller, Georges Edouard Jeanneret, and music teacher, Marie Charlotte Amélie Jeanneret-Perret, Le Corbusier was a pioneer of modern architecture. Inspired by the principles of mathematics, his philosophy was greatly influenced by the Golden ratio.

Any designer worth his salt wants his work to reflect the principles of the Golden ratio. It is a perfectly symmetrical relationship between two proportions; a mathematical ratio found in nature which when adhered to creates pleasing, organic looking compositions. And Le Corbusier mastered it throughout his career, in his works that spanned more than five decades. Some of his most significant works include the Villa Savoye, Poissy, Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, Saint-Pierre, Firminy and the Cité Radieuse, Marseille among others.

Today, if Chandigarh is known as the first planned city in India, and possibly one of the best, it’s thanks to Corbusier’s vision. His “Open Hand” sculpture went on to become the symbol of Chandigarh, signifying an openness to give and to receive. If you spent enough time in the city, you would also notice that it is bereft of any statue in parks or at roundabouts, it was a pre-condition, Corbusier laid before taking up the planning of the city of Chandigarh.

This visionary’s extraordinary life came to an abrupt end when on August 27, 1965, he went for a swim, in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of his home in the south of France where he drowned.

 

Next up…

Icons: Charles & Ray Eames

Shanoo Bhatia, Founder Director of EuMo DesignIntelligence tells us how this power couple from the design world shaped India’s design policy

Three specialised innovative studios you should know about

These ateliers are inspired by Indian context and material, driven by an innovative spirit, and the creative use of technology to present their ideas

The story of the year’s best chandelier

Klove’s new Goa Collection is stunning in its use of materials, ideas and technique. The designers tell us how they developed the idea, and share the images of its creation

7 questions with designer Ravi Vazirani

Interior designer Ravi Vazirani answers our quick questions on creating beautiful spaces

Other topics we’re covering