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28th February 2024

 

Le Corbusier was working on the Unité d'Habitation in Marseille from 1947, just as Perret was rebuilding Le Havre. Both installed small, functional, modern kitchens but the differences were significant. Where Perret worked with generous proportions, windows, and attractive views, Le Corbusier applied his own rules and theories. Charlotte Perriand, with whom he worked, created small-scale kitchens in which whoever was washing up or cooking had their back turned to the flat and faced stainless steel and cupboards (and if taller than 5'2" felt over-large for the space).  Yet the Le Corbusier/Perriand modular kitchen is regarded as a milestone in domestic design. 

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