The archives of Le Corbusier and Charlotte Periand
NEMO presents the exhibition La Luce at the Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk. An amazing insight into Le Corbusier and Perriand’s archives to provide an understanding of their radical philosophy of light and the production process that has been fulfilled by NEMO for over 10 years. Sketches and photographs are presented along with prototypes of light fixtures that are now iconic: Potence Pivotante, Projecteur 165 and 365, Applique de Marseille, Lampe de Marseille, Escargot, Parliament, Borne Béton, Pivotante à poser and Applique à volet pivotant.
"The work between NEMO, the Fondation Le Corbusier and the Charlotte Perriand Archives was to fine-tune a benchmark of details, finishes and versions, without ever altering the essence of these products, without ever lapsing into nostalgia or reviving retro, without ever changing their unique spartan and sophisticated nature. For this reason, following research and selection work over the past few years, NEMO wanted to collect the unique material that we have been working with and to share it in a work that we find beautiful, useful and new", summarises director of NEMO, Federico Palazzari.
The Italian lighting design firm acts as a simple and modern interpreter of the luminaires by Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand. These were designed as definitive projects, produced exclusively for the architectures for which they were designed. The archives that have been drawn and photographed have become the precious basis for reviving the luminaires and making them accessible to everyone. "The quality of these ideas is such that at times, simply a section, a sketch is enough to bring certain products, that immediately seem mature and correct, to life from the paper. Like for the Projecteur: a spotlight concealed beneath a concrete shell, designed with a side view and without any prototype available, but remarkably functional and complete," recalls the artistic director of the exhibition, Valentina Folli.
Located in hall 6, at the ramp adjacent to hall 1