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.’
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.
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.
Hannah Silver joined Wallpaper* in 2019 to work on watches and jewellery. Now, as well as her role as watches and jewellery editor, she writes widely across all areas including on art, architecture, fashion and design. As well as offbeat design trends and in-depth profiles, Hannah is interested in the quirks of what makes for a digital success story.
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