Cassina and the Royal Institute of British Architects are pleased to present the exhibitions Le Corbusier's Cabanon: The Interior 1:1 and an exhibition of furniture, Le Corbusier 1952 - Cassina 2006. The opportunity to explore the most intimate space that Le Corbusier designed comes with the first UK showing of his Cabanon – a 1:1 replica by Cassina of the 14m² holiday house he designed for himself in the south of France. Placed in the centre of the RIBA's Art Deco Florence Hall, visitors can enter the Cabanon and experience its detailed interior, including its idyllic views.
The Cabanon is the only structure Le Corbusier ever built for his own use. As such, the interior, decorated with murals and simple bespoke furniture and fittings, gives an intimate insight into his world. It was the place he retreated to every summer for over ten years and where, in the adjacent studio, he worked on many of his celebrated later projects. Le Corbusier sketched the design for the Cabanonin just 45 minutes. It can be seen as an expression of his most concentrated thoughts on minimal living, the essence of his ideas on dwelling.
In celebration of minimal living Cassina, Blueprint Magazine and the RIBA Trust have organized a competition to design your own Cabanon. Ideas can be submitted on a special card available at Cassina dealers, the RIBA or by emailing email@example.com. Deadline is the 28 April 2009.
Alongside the Cabanon will be a unique display of some of Le Corbusier's most famous items of furniture, including the Casiers Standard system of container units designed for the Pavillon de l'Esprit Nouveau, Paris in 1925 and the Equipement intérieur de l'habitation designed for the Salon d'Automne, 1928. Drawn from the Cassina l Maestri collection, the furniture focuses on Le Corbusier's work as a designer and traces the history of these iconic designs.
An exhibition of Cassina, Milan, in collaboration with the RIBA Trust and Blueprint Magazine, Media Partner.
Three talks at the RIBA will examine the Cabanon in more detail:
Monday 23 March, 18.30 Tickets £8/£5 concessions (see below for details)
Equipping the Cabanon: Its Interior and Furniture
Arthur Ruegg will discuss the background to the Cabanon's extraordinary interior.
Tuesday 7 April, 18.30 Gallery talk, Free
Corb and Intimate Space
Join Vicky Richardson, Editor of Blueprint for an insight into the Cabanon
Tuesday 28 April, 18.30 Gallery talk, Free
The Cabanon: Holiday House, Retreat or Primitive Hut?
Rob Wilson, RIBA Trust will discuss how the Cabanon can be viewed in the context of a long and distinguished history of minimal spaces designed as places of retreat
These exhibits are part of the Le Corbusier Season which centres around the exhibition Le Corbusier – The Art of Architecture, staged by the RIBA Trust in partnership with The Barbican at the Barbican Art Gallery from 19 February – 24 May 2009.