Tekla’s colourful mohair blankets are inspired by Le Corbusier

Tekla translates Le Corbusier’s colour theory into textiles, debuting a new collection of blankets in bold hues

Colourful mohair blankets on bed and spilling out of chest of drawers
(Image credit: courtesy of Tekla © FLC / VISDA 2022)

Tekla has been inspired by Le Corbusier’s colour theory for a new limited-edition collection of mohair blankets. Presented at the Studio-Apartment of Le Corbusier in Paris, in partnership with Les Couleurs Suisse, the new pieces are available in three distinctive hues (the collection comprises three single-colour bankets and one striped).

‘Le Corbusier’s legacy has always been an inspiration for Tekla – he’s one of the most influential architects, synonymous with modern architecture,’ says Charlie Hedin, founder and creative director at Tekla. ‘In our research for this project, we also realised his incredible contribution to colour.’

Stack of colourful mohair blankets

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Le Corbusier’s interest was encapsulated in Architectural Polychromy, a collection of 63 hues across two palettes, created in 1931 and 1951. The colours were used to accentuate the designs of buildings’ façades or to bring life to interiors in a play on mood and atmosphere.

Now, Tekla has rethought these considered hues as mohair blankets in colours 32024 Outremer Gris, 4320K Bleu Outremer 59, and 4320C Rose Vif, bringing a contemporary mood to soft pieces finished with a flippant fringe. By working with Les Couleurs Suisse, Tekla was able to create textiles in these colours for the first time, with the blankets then hand-woven by artisans in Spain, and extra-brushed for ultimate softness.

A close up of a pink fringed mohair blanket

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The finished products will be showcased at Le Corbusier’s Studio-Apartment in Paris in a nod to the playful and practical essence that epitomised the architect’s work. Adds Christoffer Lundman, senior product designer at Tekla: ‘We were attracted to the colours in Le Corbusier’s creations, how they were so central to the design and how he used them in his own life.

‘As you move through his studio and home, colour almost acts as a guide, helping you to understand the space’s use. Many of his spaces have a tempo and a movement that feel quite joyful. We wanted to capture this approach to colour in blanket design.

Blankets draped over apartment balcony

(Image credit: courtesy of Tekla © FLC / VISDA 2022)



Hannah Silver is the Art, Culture, Watches & Jewellery Editor of Wallpaper*. Since joining in 2019, she has overseen offbeat design trends and in-depth profiles, and written extensively across the worlds of culture and luxury. She enjoys meeting artists and designers, viewing exhibitions and conducting interviews on her frequent travels.