Flo Bedside LampThere’s still another few weeks to go until the clocks go back but it’s already feeling like Autumn is upon us with these beautifully crisp, blue mornings followed by an ever earlier dusk. At this time of year, attention always turns to our lighting at home which along with your electric blanket and slippers can go a long way to providing a warm, cosy atmosphere for us to return to each evening.

So, as a gesture to the changing of the seasons, Aram Store is offering 15% off our entire lighting* range throughout the whole of October (*excluding online orders for Moooi).

Browse through our collection of table lights, floor lights or pendant/wall lights… Here are just a few examples to offer a little inspiration:

Daphinette LED Lamp

The Daphinette LED Lamp by Tommaso Cimini, now £213.35

Snoopy Lamp

The Snoopy Lamp by Achille Castiglioni, now £489.60

Romeo Soft T1 Lamp

The Romeo Soft T1 table lamp by Philippe Starck, now £432.65

The Melampo Terra floor lamp by Adrien Gardère, now £282.20

The Melampo Terra floor lamp by Adrien Gardère, now £282.20

Eileen Gray Tube Light

Eileen Gray’s classic Tube Light, now £413.10

Contact the store for more information and for lighting not displayed on our website.


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Stendig CalendarI know that statement sounds a little like the title of a fantasy novel but it does in fact describe a cultural institution that has been annually coveted by the design conscious for almost 50 years.

Massimo Vignelli

The Milanese graphic and product designer, Massimo Vignelli, designed the Stendig Calendar after receiving a commission from its namesake, Charles Stendig, the furniture dealer and importer, who shared a building in New York with the Unimark International design company who Vignelli worked for in the early 60’s. Stendig asked Vignelli to design him a calendar that could be used as a promotional gift he could give to architects and designers and the original version of the calendar was branded with the Stendig logo opposite an alternating image, throughout the months, from the ranges of furniture that Stendig was importing into the States at that time. The design of the calendar we sell today was realised in 1966 by Vignelli and so significant was its impact that it was taken into MoMA’s Collection that year.

Examples of Vignelli's work - infographic courtesy of  http://cargocollective.com/HarryLeung/Massimo-Vignelli-Project

Examples of Vignelli’s work – infographic courtesy of http://cargocollective.com/HarryLeung/Massimo-Vignelli-Project

Vignelli described himself as an “information architect” and was credited for introducing a European Modernist point of view to American graphic design which was made clear by the more high-profile commissions he began to receive throughout the ‘70s. American Airlines, IBM, Ford, Xerox; all these companies were employing his expertise whilst people shopping at Bloomingdales, Barneys or Saks Fifth Avenue would be leaving these stores with a Vignelli-designed shopping bag in their hands. He was also responsible for creating a whole new graphic identity for Knoll International in the late ‘60s as well as contributing two furniture designs for them: the Handkerchief Chair (collaboratively with David Law) and the Paperclip Table.

New York Subway Map 1972

New York Subway Map – 1972

His largest yet most controversial commission came in 1972 when he was approached by the Metropolitan Transit Authority and asked to re-design the New York City Subway map.  But, upon its release, the map was not received favourably by subway riders because it didn’t correspond, geographically, with the streets and locations of the stations above.  By graphically simplifying the actual snarling routes of the subterranean lines into straight, coloured columns that ran north to south, east to west and landmarks into blocks of colours (Central Park was represented by a grey square), he somehow managed to baffle the ‘strap-hangers’ so much that complaints were made and the MTA were forced to replace it in 1979.  However, 40 years on, Vignelli’s original NYC subway map is considered a thing of beauty by design aficionados and is hanging on the wall at MoMA.  War won, aesthetically.

But back to the Stendig Calendar and a little insight into its enduring appeal which, fundamentally, is due to its simplicity. The size (90cm x 120cm) and bold, black and white Helvetica font make it dramatic in appearance yet its timeless design fits perfectly within any environment be it the office or home; modern or vintage.  It’s presented in the European style, where Monday starts the week, and is printed on twelve sheets of sixty pound weight offset paper stock which is perforated along the top edge so last month can simply be torn away.  And, for those inclined, it even has a recyclable aspect to it whereby the redundant sheets can be kept and used for gift wrap.

Stendig Calendar 2016For real clarity on the inspiration and thinking behind Vignelli’s design for the Stendig Calendar, his own mission statement says it all:

I like design to be semantically correct, syntactically consistent, and pragmatically understandable. I like it to be visually powerful, intellectually elegant, and above all timeless.

Our stock of the 2016 Calendar has just arrived so don’t miss out because we always sell out quickly!


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Carl Hansen OfferWe’ll say this quietly… there’s only 14 weeks left before Christmas! But, if you’ve been thinking about refreshing the seating around your dining table for lunch on the big day, we have a special offer for you in conjunction with the great Danish brand, Carl Hansen & Son.

Hans Wegner CH20 CH29

The CH20 chair, left, and the CH29 chair, right

Hans Wegner CH33 CH88

The CH33 chair, left, and the CH88 chair, right

Hans Wegner CH36 CH37

The CH36 chair, left, and the CH37 chair, right

Hans Wegner CH46 CH47

The CH46 chair, left, and the CH47 chair, right

From now until the 11th of December, we are offering six chairs for the price of five on a selection of Hans J Wegner’s iconic designs including the CH20, CH29, CH33, CH88, CH36 & 37 and the CH46 & 47 (the CH24 ‘Wishbone’ chair is excluded from this offer).

Hans Wegner CH33 chair

The CH33 chair with a leather seat

You can order sets of the same chair and finish online (simply place 6 chairs in the basket and the value of 1 chair will be applied as a discount) but if you wanted to mix and match chairs or finishes – e.g. 4 x CH36s and 2 x CH37s or 4 x black CH88s and 2 x red CH88s – this can be arranged in store or by phone/email. If you are mixing and matching, the least expensive of the six chairs will be free.

Hans Wegner CH88

CH88 chair in smoked oak with a black frame

Standard 8 week lead times will apply so, if this offer has made you slant your head at your current set of dining chairs, don’t delay in placing your order to make sure that you receive the new chairs in time for Christmas. Please contact the store for more information.


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London Design Festival 2015

Aram Store presents new work by Michael Anastassiades during The London Design Festival.  Launched at Euroluce 2015, the products will be shown as a collection for the first time in the UK.  Forms are geometrical balancing compositions which focus on the sphere.  Products are from the designer’s own manufactured collection and will also include pieces produced by Italian manufacturer Flos.

Amongst the new work is Mobile Chandeliers, a series which is a continuation of Anastassiades’ earlier designs from 2008.  Curved and linear forms in black lacquered brass partner with mouth blown opaline glass spheres.  Happy Together pendants come as single globe and brass rod or in groups of four or ten.  To the Top is one design in a series of table lamps which references the iconic MT8 or Bauhaus lamp by Carl Jacob Jucker and Wilhelm Wagenfeld.  The diffuser rests on a brass tripod base which gives the appearance of balancing blocks that are about to fall down.

Michael Anastassiades Mobile Chandelier 9

Michael Anastassiades with Mobile Chandelier No 9 – photographed by Hélène Binet

Michael Anastassiades Happy Together Pendant Lamp

Happy Together 10 Pendant Lamp

Michael Anastassiades To The Top Lamp

To The Top Lamp

The exhibition runs from Monday 21 September to Saturday 10 October.


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Reaction Poetique CollectionAt this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan, Cassina presented a new collection – designed by Jaime Hayon – of objects inspired by both the organic shapes of Le Corbusier’s architecture and by his artwork for the Pavilion l’Esprit Nouveau. Buildings such as the famous chapel at Ronchamp and the government buildings of Chandigarh in India exhibit sensuous structural forms made possible by advances in concrete technology at the time. The Pavilion de L’Esprit Nouveau was a temporary building constructed in 1925 within the framework of the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts in Paris. For Le Corbusier, it was a chance to show his provocative ideas on architecture and urbanism that he had begun to develop with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret since 1922.

Le Corbusier - Chapel at Ronchamp

The Chapel at Ronchamp

Le Corbusier - Chandigarh

Vihan Sabha building in Chandigarh

Le Corbusier - Esprit Nouveau

Nature morte (still life) du Pavillon de l’Esprit Nouveau, 1924 Image courtesy of Fondation le Corbusier © FLC/ADAGP

The name itself stems from Le Corbusier’s own eclectic collection of “objets à réaction poétique” (objects of poetic reaction) which consisted of shells, stones, bones, and machine parts – the products of nature as well as the products of industry that spoke to him of creative energy in its infinite potential – which resonate in his surrealist paintings.

Taking a loose interpretation of these forms, Jaime Hayon has created trays, centrepieces and side tables, all rigorously produced in solid ash-wood stained black with a low-gloss finish.

Reaction Poetique Collection

The Réaction Poétique Collection remains true to Cassina’s well-established heritage in working with wood, where skilled handcraftsmanship is combined with industrial innovation. These items are branded with the Cassina logo and accompanied by their own identity card to guarantee the authenticity of each single piece. They are also presented in a special packaging to highlight the inimitable quality of the project.

Jamie Hayon

Designer Jaime Hayon with some of the collection. Image courtesy of Axel Dupeux for The Wall Street Journal

“I wanted to create useful objects for the modern home such as trays and side tables, but with sculptural elements interplaying forms, light and shadow. It was a very strict, almost religious challenge to use only one material and one finish, exercising my design philosophy,” says Hayon. “I feel this restriction actually became an opportunity to showcase the beauty of the wood, along with the expert mastery of Cassina’s carpentry workshop.”

The Réaction Poétique Collection is on display in store now.


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Walter KnollThe German furniture manufacturer, Walter Knoll, turns 150 this year and Aram Store, coincidentally, is very proud to have just opened a new, dedicated area for their designs within our Drury Lane showroom. Owing to these simultaneous events, we thought we’d put together a brief history of Walter Knoll to show the heritage and progression behind this thoroughbred, 150 year old brand.

Wilhelm Knoll 1865

Walter Knoll is renowned for producing leather of the highest quality – all sourced from Southern Germany – and this is exactly where the company started back in 1865 when Wilhelm Knoll opened his first ‘leather shop’ in Stuttgart and began to produce a small range of seating.  He appeared to establish a name for himself very quickly in being appointed a supplier to the Royal Court of Württemberg that same year.

At the turn of the 20th Century, the use of chrome salts revolutionised the tanning process of leather and in 1906, the company underwent a makeover by changing names from Ledermöbelfabrik Wilhelm Knoll (Leather Furnishing Factory) to Ledersitzmöbelfabrik Wilhelm Knoll (Leather Seating Factory), an indication on which direction the business was heading.

Knoll Antimott Seating

The following year Wilhelm’s sons, Walter and Wilhelm (known as Willy), took over the business from their father and started to expand by opening branches in Vienna and St. Petersburg.  They gradually began developing new designs together over the next few years but then in 1925, Walter struck out by himself and opened his own factory – Walter Knoll & Co. GmbH.  He took off in a different direction to Wilhelm and stopped using leather to upholster his furniture and introduced a range of coloured fabrics instead.  Wilhelm, meanwhile, enjoyed great success with a patented system of seating he developed called ‘Antimott’ which combined wooden framed armchairs with elastic strapping to provide support instead of steel springs.  He also produced a range of lightweight aluminium chairs which went on to furnish the interior of the Zeppelin Airships that were in use at that time.

Weissenhof Siedlung

The Weissenhof Siedlung

Times were changing and the Modernist movement was by now really shifting into gear in Germany with the opening of Walter Gropius’ Bauhaus School in Weimar a few years previous and then in 1927, the Deutscher Werkbund (German Association of Craftsmen) mounted Die Wohung (The Dwelling) in Stuttgart. This exhibition included the Weissenhof Siedlung; an estate featuring buildings designed by the leading Modernist architects at that time such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius and Peter Behrens. The collection of architecture shown at the Weissenhof exhibit is remembered as the first display of the ‘International Style’, a term later coined by the eminent American architect, Philip Johnson, and Walter Knoll, via a friendship he forged with Mies van der Rohe (who as Architectural Director of the Deutscher Werkbund organised the exhibition), provided his furniture designs for the buildings.

Weissenhof Siedlung

The furniture was of course formed around tubular steel frames – the Modernist’s material of choice – and in 1929 the production of tubular steel furniture began in earnest at the Walter Knoll factory, along with further expansion despite the Wall Street stock market crash in the US that same year that would have devastating effects on the industrialised world in the West.

Herrenberg Factory

The factory at Herrenberg 1937

In 1937, Walter Knoll moved operations to Herrenberg, a small town 30km south of Stuttgart, where the company headquarters and factory still reside today.   Amid this period of further expansion, Walter Knoll’s son, Hans, was embarking on a crusade to bring the modernist vision to America and in 1938, he opened the Hans G. Knoll Furniture Company on East 72nd Street in New York.  A few years later, he employed a young interior designer/architect by the name of Florence Schust and by 1946 they were married.  The rest of that story is history… if you know your Knolls!

But back to his father, Walter, who had to put a hold on production back in Germany owing to the outbreak of the Second World War when his company was commissioned to produce articles for the war effort.  Bomb damage also took its toll on the company’s operations so they were forced to start anew after the war ended in 1945 and Hans Knoll provided support in rebuilding the business by presenting the company with the successful Vostra Chair which is still part of their range today.

Vostra chair

The Vostra Chair

The Cologne Furniture Fair in 1950 provides the first real breakthrough for Wilhelm Knoll’s furniture but, sadly, Wilhelm passed away that year and his son, Dieter, took over the running of the business.

On to 1964 when Walter Knoll retired and handed over the business to his second son, Robert, and Dr. Walter Combe amid further expansion at the Herrenberg Headquarters.  In 1971, Walter Knoll passed away and a couple of years later the company exhibited their furniture at the Milan Furniture Fair for the first time whilst also staking a claim on the office sector with the introduction of their Walter Knoll Office series of designs.

Walter Knoll Office

In the mid-80’s, the Knoll’s became one again when Walter Knoll & Co. took over Wilhelm Knoll & Co. but continued to manufacture their products under the name ‘Wilhelm Knoll Collection’. Then in 1993, the company was taken over by the Rolf Benz family with Markus Benz taking up the role of Managing Director which he still holds today. Just after the turn of the millennium, further expansion was put into action with the addition of another production facility in the nearby town of Mötzingen and in 2006; their new, multifunctional building was officially opened in Herrenberg which combined their headquarters, showroom and factory all within one building. A few years ago, I was very pleased to be invited along on a visit to the Herrenberg facilities and it really is a very rare and special set up they have there… the fact that their upholsterers are working away for all to see behind huge plate glass windows which look directly on to the street is a clear sign that they are very proud to show how their furniture is produced.

WalterKnoll-10_2015-480Walter Knoll then went global with the opening of a subsidiary in Australia 2007 followed by showrooms opening up in London and Paris and then in 2013, Mumbai and Beijing…  not to mention now, of course, another small patch on our 2nd Floor here at Drury Lane.

Happy 150th Birthday, Walter Knoll!


Images courtesy of www.walterknoll.de/en and www.worldarchitecture.org

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Summer Sale starts 13 JuneThe Aram Store Summer Sale 2015 starts at 10am on Saturday 13 June and runs until Saturday 18 July. There will be 15% discount off all new orders – *excluding online orders for products from Moooi and Foscarini.

As usual, we also have substantial discounts on many ex-display items in store. These are available on a first-come-first-served basis in store only. They include:

Summer Sale: Alphabet SofaAlphabet Sofa PL300-2 by Piero Lissoni for Fritz Hansen in Milani fabric with three scatter cushions: was £7,855 sale price £3,535.

Summer Sale: ex-display itemsLeft: ‘Bird’ High Back Diamond Armchair by Harry Bertoia for Knoll International in mustard fabric on a black Rilsan frame – with matching footstool – was £2,940 for the set, sale price £1,764. Right: Inlay Madia Cabinet by Porro in mixed wood veneers: was £5,232 sale price £2,616.

Summer Sale: Eileen Gray DaybedDaybed by Eileen Gray in grey ‘Hot’ fabric on a chrome frame: was £3,372 sale price £1,995.

Summer Sale: ex-display itemsLeft: Euvira Rocking Chair by Jader Almeida for ClassiCon in dark stained oak and black cord – was £2,267 sale price £1.134. Right: Oxford 3273 Chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen in black leather on a satin aluminium frame – was £2,262 sale price £1,131.

Summer Sale: Mariposa SofaMariposa Sofa by Barber Osgerby for Vitra in grey ‘Iroko’ fabric: was £4,795 sale price £2,877.

Summer Sale: PK80 DaybedPK80 Daybed by Poul Kjaerholm for Fritz Hansen in cognac coloured leather on a brushed stainless steel frame: was £11,318 sale price £7,923.

Plus many more!


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Nex Pur Storage from PiureAram Store is pleased to introduce to the London market a new range of storage solutions from German manufacturer Piure. The elegant and subtle designs exhibit exceptional proportion and detailing and offer almost unlimited scope for personalisation – whether in regard to size and configuration, or in regard to colours and finish options. Each piece is manufactured in Germany using state-of-the-art machinery, as this is the only way to meet the required high standards with regard to precision, finesse, and finish.

Line Sideboards from Piure

The designs are divided roughly into three sectors – Line, Nex and Nex Pur. Line is characterised by a 10mm profile at the outer edges of each unit. Configurations can include drawers, side opening doors and drop-down flap doors. The principles of the modules are based on three depths – 35cm, 45cm or 60cm – and two widths – 40cm and 55cm. These widths can be combined to make unit widths of 80cm, 95cm or 110cm. Module heights are then based on multiples of 10.5cm, rising to a maximum height of 210cm, or to 273cm for wardrobes.

Line Sideboard Drawers Gloss Green

A palette of 19 graceful colours can be finished in either matt or gloss lacquer with top surfaces in matt or gloss glass; different colours can be applied to external, internal, front or top surfaces – alternatively there are five wood veneers. There are also five types of handle and seven types of base/legs to choose from.

Line Sideboard Wood VeneerLine Sideboard open unitsLine Sideboard DoorsLine Units

With such an incredible plethora of choice it is obviously easy to lose oneself. Thankfully Piure have provided powerful configuration software – visit us in store and we can help you to plan your perfect Line storage.

Nex offers a similar amount of choice. This time the outer profile is a slender 5mm with mitred corners. The modules are 40cm or 60cm in width, with depths or 33.8cm or 45.8cm. Sideboard heights are 25cm, 37.5cm, 50cm, 62.5cm or 75cm. Wardrobe heights are 234cm, 246.5cm or 265.5cm. There are choices of handle and feet – and the nex units can also be wall-mounted. Dizzying options once again!

Nex Wardrobes from PiureNex Wardrobes in BlueNex Wardrobes

Nex Pur is a specific selection of configurations – offered only in white lacquer – that are manufactured in larger quantities. These can therefore be more keenly priced than the more bespoke choices and are available on shorter lead times – usually approx 4 weeks from Germany.

Nex Pur Media Box

The range comprises media boxes, sideboards, shelving units and wardrobes. Sideboard widths are either 60cm or 120cm with heights of 37.5cm, 50cm or 75cm plus the height of your choice of foot: small black glides or dark grey L-shaped corner legs. Shelves come in 30cm, 50cm or 70cm widths at 36cm depth and 211.5cm height. Wardrobes are 50cm or 100cm wide at 62cm depth and 234cm height.

Nex Pur Units

Nex Pur Regal Shelving

We have examples of both Line and Nex Pur on display in the store – why not pop in and see it for yourself. Alternatively, let us know what size of space you wish to fill and we can configure some options for you and send them by email.


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I am now a veteran of the Milan furniture fair, having been every year since the early 1990s when it was held at the old fairgrounds nearer the city, so you might think I am a bit jaded with the whole experience. But I still look forward to the week with a mixture of excitement and anticipation. Here are my highlights from this year’s Salone:

The trend for curving organic shapes continues, illustrated this year by new designs such as the Saen dining table by Gabriele & Oscar Buratti for Alias. The gourd shaped base is made from hollow concrete, an increasingly popular finish which brings an industrial, urban edge to the design. Following on from the success of the Ro easy chair comes another curvaceous chair by Jaime Hayon for Fritz Hansen. Lower and softer than the Ro, the Fri chair will have a broader appeal.

Fri chair - Jaime Hayon

Fri chair by Jaime Hayon

Tal R, the Danish-Israeli artist, has created a stunning new colour palettefor the Series 7 chair Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen. The complex and expressive colours are a real departure from the muted neutrals favoured by most Danish brands in recent years. My favourites are ‘Opium Red’, symbolising the mystique of Shanghai in the 1930s, ‘Huzun Green’, meaning wistful in Turkish, and ‘Chocolate Milk’ – who wouldn’t like a colour with that name!

Series 7 chair Tal R Arne Jacobsen

Series 7 colours by Tal R

Cypris Mirror The Cypris mirror by Nina Mair for ClassiCon is reminiscent of 1950s elegancewith its subtle rounded brass frame which surrounds the mirror like a ribbon, giving it grace and elegance. Available in two sizes, the long mirror can be hung in the more traditional vertical position or horizontally to stunning effect.

A comfortable, well designed sofa is often the starting point when updating the home and this year there were a number to choose from. But my favourite was the Scighera sofa by Piero Lissoni for Cassina. This is a sofa to sink into and relax with generously sized armrests and a foldable headrest that can be fixed in different positions ensuring a high level of comfort.

Scighera sofa Piero Lissoni Cassina

Scighera sofa by Piero Lissoni

As more of us are choosing to work from home, the industry is responding with new task chairs, ergonomically designed yet unfussy and visually light. A good example is the Kinesit chair by Lievore Altherr Molina for Arper. Clean lines are achieved by hiding the height and tilt controls under the seat and fresh colour combinations make it an attractive choice for the home office.

Kinesit chair

The Spokes pendant lamps by young design practice Garcia Cumini for Foscarini suggest the delicate spokes of a bicycle or the bars of a birdcage. Launched in two colours and two shapes, they have two LED lamps within the base to create both up and down lighting.

Spokes pendant lamp Foscarini

Mobile Chandelier 9 by Michael Anastassiades was perhaps my favourite product of the fair. I am familiar with his collections for Flos – the IC collection seemed to be everywhere on furniture stands – but the designs produced under his own label were so beautiful as to take my breath away. More sculpture than lighting, they never the less are functional lights which I would love to display in our store.

Mobile Chandelier Michael Anastassiades

Keep your eyes on our website and in store as we add many of these products to our range over the next few weeks.


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Fondation Le Corbusier

“La Roche, someone who has a fine collection like yours needs to build a house worthy of it.” – Le Corbusier

Raoul La Roche During a recent jaunt to Paris, I paid a visit to Maison La Roche; the first of a series of experimental houses designed by Le Corbusier and his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret, in and around Paris during the 1920’s. Set on a modest plot of land at the end of a cul-de-sac located in the 16th arrondissement, Le Corbusier was in fact commissioned to design two houses here in 1923: a house (Maison Jeanneret) for his brother, Albert, and his family along with a combined house and art gallery (Maison La Roche) for his friend and Swiss compatriot, Raoul La Roche.

Raoul La Roche was born in Basel and after training at business school in Neuchâtel, he settled in Paris in 1912 to pursue a career in finance. In 1918, he was introduced to Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, who adopted the name Le Corbusier in 1923, and along with his friend and artist, Amédée Ozenfant, they schooled La Roche in appreciating the purist painting they both championed and were producing themselves at the time. La Roche amassed a formidable collection of modern art, including works by Picasso, Braque and Léger, and commissioned Le Corbusier to design and build him a home that could combine a gallery to house his collection.

Whilst La Roche was quite clearly well-off, he lived a very simple and abstemious way of life and therefore wished for his house to have a discreet and rational aesthetic. He couldn’t have commissioned a better designer.

Maison La Roche - ExteriorMaison La Roche - Exterior 2Maison La Roche is set over three floors:
Ground Floor – Reception Hall, Concierge and Kitchen
First Floor – Dining Room, Picture Gallery, Pantry and Roof Terrace
Second Floor – Library, Dressing Room, Bedroom and Bathroom

Maison La Roche - Interior

Le Corbusier also chose or designed all the furniture contained in the house. Along with the fixed concrete shelving and built-in storage units, his preference for industrially produced objects was revealed with his use of Thonet bentwood chairs (painted grey to match the hulking, industrial radiators) and the tubular Chalier wall lamps that appear throughout. He also designed a series of juxtaposable tables with wooden tops and nickel plated legs that could be used in any room which went on to be known as the ‘La Roche’ tables.

Maison La Roche - Detail

A restoration took place at Maison La Roche in 2009 and whilst this was mainly carried out from a conservation perspective, it was particularly aimed at restituting the original interior colour palette used by Le Corbusier. The use of a polychrome scheme at the time had been experimental but it went on to become a signature of not only the interiors of his future projects but also the facades. Similar tones from this palette can be seen amongst the new selection of enamel finishes that Cassina are producing for the steel frames on the Le Corbusier range of furniture they supply today.

Maison La Roche - Interior 2

Maison La Roche - Interior 3

Anyone with an interest in Le Corbusier who finds themselves with a couple of hours to spare in Paris should head over to Maison La Roche, which now also houses the headquarters of the Fondation Le Corbusier.

Maison La Roche
10 Square du Docteur Blanche
75016, Paris
Nearest Paris Metro station: Jasmin – line 9

Telephone: +33 (0)

Visiting hours:
Monday: 13.30-18.00
Tuesday to Saturday: 10.00-18.00


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