The Le Corbusier LCS Ceramics collection is based on the French-Swiss architect's Polychromie Architecturale design guide. Created in the 1930s, it shows how colour can affect spaces and people, and suggests palettes and combinations to trigger different effects.
The collection, which will be exclusively available through tile retailer Domus, includes a pair of base colours – breton gris and beton blanc – that are based on the raw sprayed concrete and white lime Le Corbusier often used.
These can be combined with 12 other colours taken directly from the architect's Polychromie Architecturale palettes, which are licensed by Les Couleurs Le Corbusier. The range of shades includes bright blue, red and yellow, as well as more muted colours.
Suitable for both walls and floors, the tiles come in a large 30-by-120-centimetre size with a glossy finish, which Domus says can be matched in any combination of shades.
Gigacer has also released a patterned tile, which features bas relief lines in Corbusier colours on a white background. These can be paired with the plain coloured tiles.
"Le Corbusier's choice of colours and nuances reflects a palette standardised by the hand of a master," said Domus. "Incorporated were colours that qualified as eminently architectural, based on nature, culture, and tradition, as well as on the distinct and comprehensive experience of a unique architect, artist and designer."
A rare first edition of Le Corbusier's Polychromie Architecturale was auctioned in 2016, as interest in the modernist architect's work continues unabated.
Seventeen projects by Le Corbusier were added to UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2016, and his work has inspired everything from a film festival identity to a collection of decorative wooden objects released by Cassina.
The project is being launched in the Brera district at Via Statuto 16 during Milan design week. Also launching during the week is a pulled-glass pendant designed by Bocci creative director Omer Arbel and steel-framed furniture by Alain Gilles.
Photography courtesy of Domus.