Le Corbusier: The Interior of the Cabanon - First U. S. Exhibition

Le Corbusier 1952 - Cassina Reconstruction 2006
December 6, 2012 – January 12, 2013
Cassina is a Proud Sponsor of Design Miami 2012. An Official Design Miami Satellite Exhibition


Cassina, in collaboration with the Le Corbusier Foundation, is proud to present the first U.S. exhibition of Le Corbusier: The Interior of the Cabanon, Le Corbusier 1952 - Cassina Reconstruction 2006. This highly anticipated exhibit will take place at the Cassina Miami showroom during Design Miami 2012, running from December 6, 2012 until January 12, 2013.

The exhibition features the authentic reconstruction of the actual interior of the Cabanon, which Le Corbusier planned and built in 1952 for his holidays in Cap-Martin, France. The Cabanon is an apparently unpretentious sea-side hut, comprising a remarkable example of significant micro-architecture. The Cabanon will be reconstructed in the Cassina Miami showroom. Jean-Louis Cohen, a renowned Le Corbusier scholar and professor of architecture at New York University, will curate the exhibition.

Continuing its in-depth research into the work of the great masters of architecture, contemporary Italian furniture brand Cassina has nurtured this project, and presents it today with the aim of divulging greater knowledge of Le Corbusier’s architectural values and the promotion of cultural initiatives. Cassina is the only company with the exclusive worldwide rights to reproduce all products by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, part of the Cassina I Maestri Collection. Cassina continues to promote the cultural values of the architects in its collection and is constantly involved in promoting cultural activities by making its historical and industrial legacy available.

The construction reveals a rich, logical and harmonious composition of meaningful resolutions, notwithstanding the more than modest dimensions. It first and foremost teaches us that the problem of the home implies the study of quality choices rather than astonishing details or show. It also reminds us that the ultimate deciding factor in a completed building - extravagant or basic as it may be - is whoever inhabits and transfers human fervour in it.
The Cabanon, which was conceived, designed and built by Le Corbusier for his personal use, comprises the ideal conditions of architectural planning, the dialectic synthesis between the concept and the accomplishment. It represents the antithesis of those architects who see a home as a kind of fetish to emulate or, perhaps more disturbingly, as a projection of oneself. The reconstruction of the Cabanon – organized specially for touring exhibitions – intends to make the public both more aware of the responsibility of the client in relation to the designer/architect and more participative. Further, it reminds us of the respect earned by thoughtful, masterful interiors, which can act as incomparable sources of inspiration for those interested in discovering new values and previously unknown meanings.

The Cabanon conceals a valuable example of Le Corbusier’s architecture, who intended to assign its principal architectural value only to the interior of the construction.

Access to the reconstructed Cabanon will be limited to no more than four persons at a time. Cassina Miami will also showcase a collection of Le Corbusier furniture designed together with Pierre Jenneret and Charlotte Perriand highlighting the veritable relationship between Cassina and Le Corbusier.

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