However, the interior fittings of DOMUS MEA (lat.: My Little Home) presented a challenge: Dr. Blassy explains, that the furniture industry is still lagging behind in terms of innovative developments for micro-apartments and the associated industrial production. For example, standardized and space-saving elements should be produced for modularly scalable interior design packages for micro-apartments.
The Architectural Polychromy Is An Effective Element In Micro-Apartments
The focus, however, is not only on intelligent space elements, but also on the colour design of these. Dr. Blassy explains: "The fact that a person feels comfortable even in a small space depends essentially on the colour concept of the room. The 63 colours of Le Corbusier's Architectural Polychromy is the perfect collection for me as it has a positive effect on the human psyche, stimulates the senses and adds a new dimension to the space. Le Corbusier's architectural colours increase quality of living especially when there is not much space . "
The first time Dr. Blassy came in touch with Le Corbusier, his architectural colours – the Architectural Polychromy – and the Modulor, a unit of measurement developed by him, was during her first years of study. From then onwards, she used the Modulor in all of her projects, also forming the basis for DOMUS MEA.
To her it was clear at an early stage, that the use of the Architectural Polychromy in the micro-apartment was the key to a flawless and impressive colour design. The architectural colours play a leading role in the spatial and human perception. She explains enthusiastically, that one can create colour concepts with the Le Corbusier colours and never make mistakes, because they all can be combined harmoniously.
"The Modulor and the Architectural Polychromy by Le Corbusier
form the basis for the measurement grid and the interior colour design of our micro-apartments."
According to Dr. Blassy, what distinguishes the Architectural Polychromy from all other colours and colour systems is its exceptional brilliance and radiance of the colour, not achievable with RAL or NCS colours. "In addition or combination, they interact seamlessly." For this reason, she uses the Architectural Polychromy in almost every project. As we spoke to her, her team had already drawn up designs for new projects, where Le Corbusier colours play an elementary role. The façade of an office block at Kurfürstenstraße in Berlin will be coated in a nuance from the Architectural Polychromy, while a student residence in Hamburg will not only have the façade but its windows and doors coloured in the Le Corbusier colours.
In Dr. Blassy's opinion, the knowledge of the impact of the psychological effect of materials and colours on the human psyche has not progressed far enough. The architect explains: "The room climate and harmony as well as the perceived size are on a unconscious basis, enormously influenced by geometry, materials used and, above all, by colours."
For this reason material and colour choice of the "MicroApp 20/30" have been well thought out: A blue carpet in 32020 bleu outremer 31, shown in DOMUS MEA, is from Les Couleurs® Le Corbusier manufacturer ANKER Professional Carpets. "Le Corbusier's blue tones move walls and objects into the distance, thereby open up the space (spatial effect); they have a soothing effect and convey the impressions of water, ocean and sky (human effect)", explains Dr. Blassy..
The light grey wall covering from ARTE, also a Les Couleurs® Le Corbusier product partner, from the ‘DOTS’ series in the colour 32013 gris clair 31 appears airy, soothes and creates a velvety atmosphere. The light grey has a neutral effect and is particularly supportive in combination with other colours.
Dr. Blassy envisions offering a premium version of her micro-apartments, furnished with a range of Les Couleurs® Le Corbusier applications. The spectrum of products that hold the official license of Les Couleurs Suisse AG, the worldwide licensor of the original Le Corbusier colours, is broad, ranging from wall paint and -covering, parquet and carpet floor, ceramic tiles and modular furniture systems, perforated components, light switches/ sockets and radiators to chairs, tables, kitchens and powder coatings. "With the Les Couleurs® Le Corbusier products, the possibilities of colour design are expanded with the Architectural Polychromy. I also see great potential for hospitality kits, as spaces may conceive entirely on the basis of the Architectural Polychromy to create an experience for the guest, "says the architect.