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"Lenin is seated at the Rotonde on a cane chair; he has paid twenty centimes for his coffee, with a tip of one sou. He has drunk out of a small white porcelain cup. He is wearing a bowler hat and a smooth white collar. He has been writing for several hours on sheets of typing paper. His inkpot is smooth and round, made from bottle glass. He is teaching himself to govern one hundred million people."

- Le Corbusier observed Lenin drinking coffee in a café,
during the pre-First World War Paris.

Jan 27

The place we choose to live in can reveal more about us than we would ever expect. In fact, you can easily understand interests, taste, habits and social statement of the inhabitants. In addition having an impression on others, our houses can have an effect on ourselves too. Space, light, details, colours, comforts and furniture are essential components that influence the way we think and behave. If you’re lucky you can commit un architect to design your house following your needs and wishes otherwise you can choose among designed houses the one that fits you better.

The painter René Guiette belongs to the first case: It was after visiting the “Pavillon de l’Esprit Nouveau” at “l’Exposition des Arts Décoratifs” de 1925 in Paris, that he decided to entrust one of the pioneers of modern architecture, Le Corbusier to design his house in a new area on the Great Exhibition’s site of the 1930 in Antwerp. Maison Guitte was built in 1927 as the residence and studio of the painter, as shown by the ‘free façade’with a generous strip glazing, who was excited to contribute with his modern house to develop this new district as a real manifesto of the Modern Architecture. This is the only project of Le Corbusier in Belgium and is considered one of his most unknown works. 

Ann Demeulemeester, a Belgian designer also known as The Queen of Antwerp, was part of the famous Antwerp Six plus(with Martin Margiela, Walter Van Beirendonck, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs and Marina Yee), the design group which setted the fundaments for the growth of fashion in Antwerp. She is the one who has inhabited the Maison Guiette and therefore belongs to the latter case and I think this house fits her like a glove. Asymmetry, functionality, purism, complexity and simplicity, consistency, fidelity, rigour those words describe the style of both the architect and the designer. She doesn’t follow trends, she is consistent to her style collection after collection without the obsessive searches of the shock that features fashion, and combining the suggestions she believes in a new way. Ann restored the house in 1985 by Georges Baines and built an extension next to it. During the restoration, the ‘elephant gray’ colour on the exterior was replaced by white and the interior has regained its original colours.

‘Cutting fabrics such as to stop a movement that is taking place within them, so that the clothes are almost sculpted more than packaged.’ I’m sure Ann has been inspired and motivated by the space she was living in.

Dec 5
Ann Demeulemeester in Le Corbusier

"‘There is no shame in living in a house without pointed roof, with walls as smooth as iron, with windows like those of factories. And one can be proud of having a house as serviceable as a typewriter.’"

- Le Corbusier

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ANN DEMEULEMEESTER IN LE CORBUSIER
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ANN DEMEULEMEESTER IN LE CORBUSIER

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ANN DEMEULEMEESTER IN LE CORBUSIER

ANN DEMEULEMEESTER IN LE CORBUSIER
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