Apartment Decorated by Different Desiners
French designer Pierre Charpin designed the interior of the apartment number 50 in a unique architectural terms in the 17-storey residential complex Unité D ‘Habitations (“Residential Unit”), which the architect Le Corbusier began to build in Marseille immediately after the Second World War.
Apartment Regularly Decorated by Different Designers
Apartment #50 in the residential complex Unité D ‘Habitations in Marseille
Jean-Marc Drut, a wealthy man, who has interest in architecture bought this 2-level apartment in one of the main attractions of Marseille, a few years ago after the death of its former mistress, a close friend of the great modernist. He got one of the apartments in the complex, which is also called “Cite Radieuse” (“Radiant City”), in the original condition, close to ideal. The apartment has a kitchen designed by Charlotte Perriand, furniture designed by Jean Prouvé and the status of the historic monument.
Jean-Marc Drut was not going to live there, and he did not want to remain the sole owner of this architectural masterpiece. Therefore, he came up with an interesting project that allows anyone to look inside the famous complex. Five years ago he started the project: modern designers in turn decorate the apartment interior and furnish it to their liking.
“Radiant City” is the cult house, but it is almost impossible to get inside the complex. However its unique interior is no less interesting. Jean-Marc Drut decided to correct this injustice due to his sincere love for architecture.
Every designer, participating in the project, invites the next one. Jean-Marc Drut invited Jasper Morrison, who after himself invited brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec to participate in the project. They, in their turn, “passed the baton” to the young German designer Konstantin Grcic, who invited Pierre Charpin to design the interior of the apartment #50.
The designers of this project are given absolute freedom of action, but there are several conditions. As the apartment is a historical monument, they can not drill the walls, change their color and take away the existing furniture. Another condition is that the designer’s installations are exhibited only for three summer months.
Pierre Charpin filled the legendary interior with color: bright glass vases, his own canvases, graphic quality furniture, lamps and wall monochrome panels, which surprisingly organically fit into the space created by the great French architect little more than 60 years ago.
The summer exhibition will be open for everyone during a month – from 15 July to 15 August. Only a group of five people can enter the apartment by appointment.