Le Corbusier Wallcoverings
14/10/16

Le Corbusier Wallcoverings

Inspired by the entire oeuvre of the grand master of design and architecture, Le Corbusier, wallpaper brand Arte have transformed his designs into two unique wallcovering collections.

Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris (1887-1965), better known as Le Corbusier, was a Swiss-French architect who is largely considered to be one of the most important founders of modernist architecture. He dedicated much of his career to the urban housing crisis, and designed revolutionary buildings which adapted to the residents and their environs.

Through a collaboration with La Fondation Le Corbusier in Paris, and Les Couleurs Suisse AG who’ve obtained exclusive rights to promote Le Corbusier’s celebrated ‘Polychromie architecturale’ colour palette, Arte have produced two fascinating Le Corbusier inspired wallpaper collections – Le Corbusier and Le Corbusier Dots. With innovative techniques and materials, Arte have successfully interpreted Le Corbusier’s progressive concepts, creating contemporary, attention-grabbing wallcoverings.


Le Corbusier devised two collections of colours for the Swiss wallpaper manufacturer Salubra, 43 colours in 1931, and 20 more in 1959, collectively known as the ‘Polychromie architecturale’ colour system. The 63 colours of the colour system all perfectly combine with one another, and are used as guide for determining appropriate colours to evoke certain emotions in large architectural spaces. A pastiche of Kandinsky’s colour theory that every colour has a meaning and imbues certain emotions, this system still provides an indispensable basis for architects and interior designers today.


Le Corbusier designed one particular wallcovering with an evenly spaced dotted motif. Arte reinvented his original design throughout the Le Corbusier Dots collection, but instead of using oil paint like the original, Arte’s designers developed a pioneering relief ink technique which gives the dots a clever light reflective finish, contrasting nicely with the matt background paper. The high gloss finish of the dots allows the wallcovering to play with light, an effect Le Corbusier famously achieved with his architecture.


The ‘Unity’ design is based on the way Le Corbusier incorporated windows into his buildings, particularly the windows of the Unite d’Habitation building in Marseille. He considered them to be ‘perforations’ in a building, so Arte’s designers added relief to the paper by perforating it with nails before adding colour. The result is a very effective, regimented design with light reflecting properties.


Le Corbusier frequently used steel with roughly-cast reinforced concrete to create geometric forms and bold sculptural expressions. In 1959 he created a wallpaper with the appearance of marble and stone. Arte paid homage to this with their ‘Stone’ wallpaper, with the appearance of opulent marble combined with a rougher concrete texture. The effect is arresting, and the surface appears to change depending on how the light falls.


The ‘Squares’ design is another clever innovative interpretation of Le Corbusier’s wallcoverings. Squares was inspired by the master’s second Salubra wallpaper collection in which he designed a pattern with large white surfaces, surrounded by a grid of small squares. The squares on the Arte design are interrupted at intervals and rotated in unexpected ways. This particular wallpaper is made even more special by the fact that the designers chose to use a fabric which the square shapes have been pressed into. The effect is a stunning 3D with light and dark patches. An excellent wallcovering for a room in need of favourable acoustics.


The geometric textured ‘Pavilion’ wallcovering design was inspired by Le Corbusier’s preference for primitive art and tent structures, such as the tent structure seen in the Philips pavilion Le Corbusier designed for Expo ‘58 fair in Brussels.


The final design in the collection is the ‘Tints’ plains range. Thirteen warm, authentic colours of the master’s ‘Polychromie architecturale’ colour palette were chosen to combine perfectly with Arte’s other Le Corbusier designs.



Arte have certainly lived up to their reputation for being innovative and a master in their field with these two authentic and exclusive Le Corbusier wallcovering collections.

Posted by: Jessica Thompson Tagged as: Industry Insider,We Love