Apartment 50, Unité d’Habitation
by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

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Apartment 50, Unité d'Habitation by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

French designers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec have fitted out an apartment inside the iconic Unité d’Habitation project in Marseille by Le Corbusier.

Apartment 50, Unité d'Habitation by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Called Apartment 50, the project is a lived-in apartment to be opened to the public from 15 July to 15 August.

Apartment 50, Unité d'Habitation by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

The interior centres about the duo's SteelWood collection for Magis (see our earlier story) and Clouds project for Kvadrat (see our earlier story).

Apartment 50, Unité d'Habitation by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Lighting includes their Lampalumina project (in our earlier story here) and Lighthouse lamp for Established & Sons and Venini (in our earlier story here).

Here's some more information from Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec:


It all started early this year when Jasper Morrison introduced us to the owners of one of the apartments in the housing block unit of the Marseille-based Radiant City.

Apartment 50, Unité d'Habitation by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

The Apartment 50 is not a museum; it is a lived-in space that we remodelled – just for the time of the summer season.

Apartment 50, Unité d'Habitation by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

We decided to feature a selection of objects from our collection of designs which seemed to rightly fit in this apartment and match the way the owners are living in it.

Apartment 50, Unité d'Habitation by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

As an echo to Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé’s original furniture of the space, it seemed natural to us to articulate the remodelling around the SteelWood collection, Magis – including a table, some chairs and a shelving system.

Apartment 50, Unité d'Habitation by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Additionally, while remembering that Le Corbusier had a special interest in tapestries, we felt comfortable with the idea of installing a group of Clouds, Kvadrat up on the wall.

Apartment 50, Unité d'Habitation by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Finally, a Zip carpet, Vitra and two of our latest lighting designs, including Lampalumina, Bitossi and LightHouse, Established & Sons and Venini, complete this ephemeral remodelling project.

Apartment 50, Unité d'Habitation by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Opening days/hours: From July 15 to August 15, Tuesday to Saturday from 2PM to 6PM

Apartment 50, Unité d'Habitation by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Cité Radieuse
Unité d’habitation Le Corbusier
Appartement 50, 5ème rue
280 boulevard Michelet
13008 Marseille

Apartment 50, Unité d'Habitation by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec


See also:

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Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
at Galerie Kreo
Lampada by Ronan
and Erwan Bouroullec
Le Corbusier’s Cabanon
– the interior 1:1
  • Juice Major

    They are such advertising genious! Plus not a bad interior fit-out!

  • tanya telford – T

    looks interesting – maybe a holiday destination in the summer – via train obviously,

  • http://www.brunnojahara.com jahara

    this is an amazing building, worth seeing it for sure this summer.

  • edward

    Nice pieces but don’t jell as an ensemble for me. Railing not child proof but after half a century mus not be bad as looks. Wouldn’t mind living there.

  • bargain basement

    doesn’t gel? this looks really really nice. works well. a good little project.

  • felix

    I don’t want to like this but I do. It’s good. The furniture fits Unité d’Habitation very well, like an updated version of the original fit out.

    The cloud wall sculpture looks great in the two storey space. It’s washed with the light which shows the contours. I hope it doesn’t get bleached by the sun.

    The thing which irks me is that these are clearly expensive design pieces and my understanding of the Unité is that it was slightly more geared towards lower middle income families. i.e. this interior is gentrification.

  • capslock

    Well felix by inserting these pieces in a space that is meant for lower middle class families, it helps to close the gap between. Maybe that good design is a universal thing and that there should not be a segregation.
    An attitude where you say that high cost design is not meant for this setting only fuels what you say you are against anyway.
    My two cents

  • tanya telford – T

    @ felix – kind of trueish……. i find it quite interesting that they choose this building. For me there is a definite elegance to their work but also a pareddownnes or simplicity which i think could be being brought to the forefront by this architectural setting, that’s what i find really interesting,

  • http://Www.pfarc.com Peter

    Although it is minimalist, it seems a bit fussy. But I like it and the old masterpiece houses it well. The fenestration looks really interesting.