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Lot 173: (DESIGN.) Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret). Die Farbenklaviaturen von Le Corbusier.
December 1, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: (DESIGN.) Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret). Die Farbenklaviaturen von Le Corbusier. 62 wallpaper samples, 12 leaves with stenciled color range scales, two paper templates, based on his principles of "color concepts" (complete). Introductory text in 4 languages (all imprinted with Fernand Leger''s motto: "For man, color is as vital as water and fire"). Small oblong folio, original patterned blue boards lettered in white, some rubbing to surface; first several wallpaper samples torn from gutter. Basel: Salubra, 1931
Notes: scarce first edition of le corbusier''s sample book for the swiss company, salubra. The great architect/designer first developed the premises of a logically structured system for color design in the early 1920s. He created what he called a "color keyboard" which he thought would inspire people to select matching and harmonious colors for interiors. The paper template included in this book was a masking tool to help determine these combinations. He assigned specific "functions" to colors (weight, depth perception, unity, psychological effects, etc.) and specific groups of colors were assigned to each of those functions. The wallpaper collection here included monochrome and patterned colors that, to him, fulfilled all of these functions. Bolliger 7, 170 und 9, 26.