Le Corbusier colour guide up for auction

Le Corbusier colour guide up for auction

An extremely rare first edition of Le Corbusier’s 1931 interactive design guide Polychromie Architecturale: Die Farbenklaviaturen is up for auction in New York.

It is expected to reach up to $3,500 and goes under the hammer on Thursday.

The book – which was created for Swiss wallpaper manufacturer Salubra – features pop-up and pull-out sections, based on his approach to colour.

To be auctioned by New York’s Swann Auction Galleries, the guide includes pockets with wallpaper samples and 12 pages dedicated to colouring. Le Corbusier started developing colour systems in the 1920s, creating a “colour keyboard” intended to help users find and match colours for use in interiors.

He believed that specific shades could affect rooms and their inhabitants, creating a welcoming atmosphere or altering their perception of space.

He identified paler colours as creating warmth and light, while deeper shades could enhance or camouflage elements in a room. He believed synthetic pigments had a more invigorating effect, and would have a dramatic influence on architecture.

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