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3.20.2006 

a most fantastic find



polychromie architecturale

When at the height of his creative output, Le Corbusier was asked by the renowned wallpaper manufacturer Salbura to design a palette for a Le Corbuiser color collection. In fact, he designed two: the "Claviers de couleurs" in 1931, with 43 shades, and the Salbura collection in 1959 with 20. Even within these seemingly limited spectra, Le Corbusier would not confine himself: instead, he organized the different tones on sample cards so that three to five colors could be isolated or combined using a sliding band. Each of these cards (his "color keyboards") produced a different color atmosphere and a specific spatial effect. The Le Corbuiser Polychromie Architecturale, the longawaited edition of Le Corbusier's chromatic legacy, was first reprinted in 1997, quickly sold out, and is an avidly sought collector's item. Now available in a revised edition, this exquisite three-volume boxed set contains chromatically perfect samples of the wallpapers, color illustrations, sketches, and slide bands, all produced by a high-quality printing process, and then assembled and bound by hand. This extraordinary adventure into color and the creative vision of modernism's greatest architect includes texts by Le Corbusier and a scholarly introduction by editor Arthur Ruegg.

Hello,
I am impressed with your knowledge of Le Corbusier Polychromie Architecturale.
I thought I would let you know that a Swiss company has the rights to making his color collection from the FLC and that it is now available in Canada.
If interested in it further you may go to ktcolor.com
They are made with over 100 natural mineral pigments and environmentally friendly.
They come in super flat finishes as well as satin and are highly saturated.
These colors cannot be duplicated to their true color by standard industrial paint mixing methods.

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