Le Corbusier LCS Ceramics Collection – UK Launch during Clerkenwell Design Week

Following its global launch at this year’s Milano Design Week, Domus is set to host the UK launch of Le Corbusier LCS Ceramics Collection during Clerkenwell Design Week, 23rd – 25th May 2017.

Developed by Gigacer in conjunction with Les Couleurs Suisse AG, part of La Fondation Le Corbusier, the collection is based on Le Corbusier’s world-famous ‘Polychromie Architecturale’ – a coherent colour system consisting of a skillfully standardised colour palette. An expert from La Fondation Le Corbusier will give a talk on his work, focusing on his colour system, to CDW visitors on Thursday 25th May at 1pm at Domus’ Clerkenwell showroom.

The great architect, artist and designer, Le Corbusier (1887 – 1965), believed that the key aspect in design was the harmony of colours, the effect colour had on man and space. Colour triggers emotions and physical reactions; it influences human behaviour. This explains why his ‘Polychromie Architecturale’ is still an important source of inspiration when designing spaces and buildings even today. At the same time, this unique colour system is a fool-proof guide for any project with regards to colour and architecture. The ‘Polychromie Architecturale’ consists of 63 fascinating shades, divided into two colour collections, one created in 1931 with 43 subdued shades and the other in 1959 with 20 bolder tones. The colours are very natural and can be effortlessly combined with each other, thus making them a highly respected tool for designers and architects.

Making its UK debut in Clerkenwell, Le Corbusier LCS Ceramics Collection comprises two base colours: beton gris and beton blanc in technical porcelain, 120x250cm, that can be used for both wall and floor coverings in both residential and commercial spaces. The two ‘betons’ are inspired by the surfaces that Le Corbusier used most in his projects: raw sprayed concrete and white lime. Along with the two base tiles, 12 colours have been extracted from the ‘Architectural Polychromy’ palette available in striking large-format 30x120cm tiles with a high gloss finish. The colours range from muted greys to bright primary colours. In addition, a matt porcelain tile in beton blanc features linear bas relief engraving. Named ‘Line’, it is available in six of the 12 glossy colours.

The resulting range allows designers to achieve exactly the same effect that Le Corbusier intended to obtain in his creations. Le Corbusier’s choice of colours and nuances reflects a palette standardized by the hand of a master; incorporated were colours that qualified as eminently architectural, based on nature, culture, and tradition, as well as on the distinct and comprehensive experience of a unique architect, artist and designer. All colour tones within this clear and easily accessible system are characterised by an impressive depth, are harmonious among themselves and thus can be matched in any combination.