Did something different??

After record numbers over the Do Something Different weekend, we want to see your pictures and hear your stories! If you did something different, post your photos to the Le Corbusier flickr page, or leave a comment to let us know what you got up to.



Some wonderfully grainy mobile-phone pics of my friends playing Xenakis-inspired Snakes & Ladders!


Make Your Own Corbusier Pillow!

Stuffed Barbican Chair

The gradual invasion of all things Le Corbusier across the Barbican Centre continues, as these gorgeous photos show! Here's a sneak peak of what you can make at the upcoming Do Something Different weekend on 7 and 8 March.

On the Sunday you will have a unique opportunity to stuff your own Barbican (pillow that is!) with Janome sewing machines at the ready! The cushion is designed by People Will Always Need Plates and Clothkits and was commissioned by Barbican Education specially for this event.

Stuffed Barbican Cutout

The drop-in workshop will run from 11am to 4pm. All you need is a voucher from Box Office at the teeny tiny cost of £10 which will cover all materials that you need along with expert help to guide you through the process. The voucher can be redeemed at any point that you are ready during the day.

Trained staff will be on hand to help you but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times...

Other weird and wonderful things happening over the weekend include:

Drop by and let us know what you get up to!


Get the Look

If you are keen to get that 'Le Corbsuier look' then the Art Gallery Shop is place for you.

Each day I enviously look at the Le Corbusier furniture made by Cassina, particularly the very special Limited Edition LC3 armchair, a dreamy combination of natural leather and a pale blue frame. Trying on the Le Corbusier inspired specs by Cutler and Gross is, though perhaps, for me a more realistic and immeidate way of connecting to the great man...

Another favorite of mine are the Le Corbusier Polychromie paints. And I've just learnt that we are the only suppliers in the UK. I'm making the most the opportunity while it lasts!

Also, don't forget to visit the online shop to buy a selected number of items available in store.


In search of Barbican Livings

On the occasion of the exhibition Le Corbusier –The Art of Architecture, Barbican Art Gallery is organising two ‘Barbican Living’ days to offer the public a chance to learn more about the Barbican Estate and the ideas put forward by Le Corbusier. Indeed many links can be made between the Barbican (and Golden Lane Estate) built by architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. Links will also be made with the work of Le Corbusier such as Unité d’habitation in Marseille. The Unité kitchen featured in the exhibition is a fantastic connection – it and those of the Barbican have obvious similarities.

The Barbican Art Gallery team has hunted down Barbican residents, largely architects and designers, who have agreed to open their flats to visitors. To do this, we placed an advert in various publications regularly read by the Barbican residents.
'Calling all Architects Designers living in the Barbican!!
Are you an architect or designer living in the Barbican Estate? Have you recently commissioned an architect to refurbish your flat? Does your apartment still have original design features?
If so, we would like you to get in touch with us.'
Once a wide list of residents was established (thanks to the ad, but also thanks to word of mouth), we went to visit flats all around the estate in order to prepare a rich and varied program for the ‘Barbican Living’ days. So far we have visited 15 flats in order to put together a varied and exciting tour program.

Some of the tours are already sold out so hurry up if you also want to be part of one of our ‘Barbican Living’ days!

Photo David King


So it's busy

Le Corbusier opened on Wednesday evening and it's been non-stop ever since!
For the first in the series of Thursday Lates, Jamie Fobert chose to speak about what he felt are the two sides of Le Corbusier – the radical urbanist and the sculptor of natural forms – the Plan Voisin of 1925 and the Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp. More than 70 of you came.

Exhibition curator Arthur Ruegg spoke about Le Corbusier's autobiographical interiors - a wonderful exploration of his own interiors and those that he promoted in his architecture. It was striking to see how many of Arthur's former students now based in London attended.

Also taking place was Tony Hayward and Peter Marigold's 'Empty your Pockets!' A chance for exhibition visitors to curate their own collections. And how you took to it! Check out our Flickr site to see.


Embassy Row.

The Swiss Federation have generously lent one of Le Corbusier's tapestries, Presence II. As the tapestry has been installed in the Swiss Ambassador's residence here in London, it was a real treat for me to oversee the packing and transport of the work to the Barbican.

As soon as I arrived in Montagu Place I was surrounded by embassies left and right. Even now as I type this Pavement's 'Embassy Row' is poppin' back into my head! The Swiss Embassy welcomed me with open arms and I was led to the residence where the tapestry hangs in the living room/salon.

The Ambassador has not one but three(!) LC2 sofas in the softest, most buttery mustard yellow. If I lived here I would spend my evenings loungin' on these sofas and lustin' over all the amazing arts and graphics books in the collection.

The tapestry really dominates the room and there is no doubt it will be missed. We are so happy to have it at the Barbican for the next three months. I am tempted to show you a photo of the tapestry once it is installed I'm gonna restrain so you can come and see it for yourself!

With the tapestry taking a leave of absence, perhaps now the Ambassador's staircase will receive some much-deserved ooohs and ahhs.


It's only just begun.

We're so excited to welcome this weekend the crates from Liverpool and the first of our Barbican-exclusive loans, Fernand Léger's The Baluster all the way from MoMA in New York. Originally exhibited in the Pavillon de l’Esprit Nouveau, which Le Corbusier designed for the 1925 International Exposition of Decorative Arts in Paris, this is a very rare opportunity for this important work to be seen in London.

You can see a digital recreation of the Pavillon here, but you'll have to visit the exhibition to see the room recreated and its contents reunited in the flesh.