Le Corbusier is no ordinary client, imagined or not. With the modernist architect's 125th birthday coming up, the students from ECAL's industrial design programme got a chance to design a series of objects and accessories for his iconic Villa 'Le Lac', almost as if he had commissioned them himself.
Working with the house's curator, Patrick Moser, ECAL's Elric Petit and designer Chris Kabel asked the students to design an object that would respond to the building and fit inside it, as well as having a useful life outside the house.
The rich history of Le Lac - the first modernist house in Switzerland, designed for Le Corbusier's parents - and working with archive photography of the Jeanneret family at home (the architect's real name was Charles-Édouard Jeanneret), 16 objects were created; delicate, non-invasive and beautifully executed. They fit in with their surroundings, establishing a dialogue with the work of Corbusier.
The students from ECAL were lucky enough to test out their prototypes inside the house, where they can be seen until the end of August.