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Le Corbusier’s concrete lamp gets an update

Le Corbusier’s iconic lamp has been re-released by Italian lighting company, Nemo Lighting


Le Corbusier is without a doubt one of the architectural masters of the 20th century. Born in 1887 under the name Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, he coined the pseudonym in the 1920s, before going on to design iconic buildings such as the Villa Savoye and the Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut. While he is mostly recognised the world over for his architectural triumphs, he also created an extensive catalogue of furnishings, including lamps. One of his iconic lighting designs, the Borne Béton, has been reissued by Italian firm Nemo Lighting. First designed in 1952, the original lamp was used to illuminate the walkways in the Unité d’Habitation de Marseille.

Nemo’s version of the lamp pays homage to the original design and includes one modern detail, an LED lighting source. Made from concrete, the lamp is available in two sizes: grand and petite. The grand luminaire weighs around 53kg standing over 60cm tall. The petite model is about half the size of the grand lamp and weighs just over 12kg.

“It is an incredible lamp, summarizing all Le Corbusier's ideals regarding lighting: a pure yet functional volume, whose shape is plastic but efficient thanks to its massive concrete reflector shape,” Nemo’s head of design Valentina Folli told Dezeen.

“It is a shape that has inspired a number of other products, but still the harmony of the original remains unsurpassed,” Foli added.

The Borne Béton is the ninth Corbusier-designed lamp to be produced by Nemo. Others include the Projecteur light designed for India’s Chandigarh High Court in 1954, and a curving brass floor lamp named Escargot.

“After the launch of the Projecteur 365 outdoor, we felt it was the right time to re-edit the Borne Béton – it is a very peculiar outdoor lamp, with the volume of a milestone and the shape of a nautical bollard,” said Folli.

Le Corbusier’s buildings and design philosophy have continued to influence architects and artists from Kanye West, who credits the Borne Béton as the inspiration behind his 2013 album, Yeezus, to Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld.


Image source: via Dezeen

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