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Conceptual Color: Le Corbusier Paint from Switzerland

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by Alexa Hotz last modified Oct 30, 2015

The nervy color combinations of architect Le Corbusier have an allure that is hard to explain. When you walk through his interiors, you find yourself gravitating toward to the oddest shade of pea green or leaving the building set on painting your bedroom entirely salmon pink. The Swiss-born artist and architect had a purpose for every palette with colors selected for spatial and physiological effects. (He wrote about this in Polychromie Architecturale .) Take Maison La Roche in Paris, where Le Corbu connected rooms with monochromatic color, coated shadowed walls in gray, and made other walls disappear into the architecture by using dark umber paint. It’s a concept worth replicating. Thanks to Swiss paint company  kt.Color , it can be done. Founder Katrin Trautwein, a chemist, licensed exclusive rights from the Fondation Le Corbusier to produce paint of the same palette, color names, and pure minerals once used by Le Corbusier. The LC 43 Series are the same 43 pigments introduced by the architect in the 1930s; his 1950s palette, seen in the LC 32 Series, is a different edit to be used with natural materials like lime plaster, raw concrete, and wood. Colors are designed to be grouped in three to five harmonious shades, according to mood. They're available through kt.Color in Zurich and at  Aronson’s Floors  in New York. Above: Burnt Sienna at Villa Noailles in Hyères-les-Palmiers, France. Photograph by Olivia Thébaut via Small-Spaces . Above: Corbusier's Bright Green, inside a geometric bookshelf at the architect's own Studio-Apartment outside of Paris. Photograph by Alexa Hotz. Above: A stairway in Ivory and Iron Gray at La Maison Roche in Paris. Photograph by Alexa Hotz. Above: A bathroom at the Villa Savoye in Poissy, France, in Ultramarine Blue, a color inspired by Yves Klein blue, and contrasting white paint and porcelain. Above: A palette of paints inclusive of Le Corbusier's Rose, Light Burnt Umber, Cerulean Blue, and Veronese Green, among others. Above: kt.Color's Polychromie Le Corbusier LC 32 Series fan deck. For more Palette & Paints ideas visit: Remodeling 101: 10 Happiness-Inducing Paint Colors 5 Favorites: British Boutique Paint Companies Remodeling 101: How to Choose the Perfect White Paint More Stories from Remodelista 8 Side Tables in Confident Colors Vampire Weekend: 9 Rooms with Crimson Accents Trend Alert: New Minimal Color-Blocking






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