From 1945, the Greek architect and designer Georges Candilis worked in Le Corbusier's studio, whereupon important collaborations were realised. Together with the Finnish designer Anja Blomstedt, a collection was created under the name Sentou. The robust furniture was intended to be easy to dismantle and transport. Candilis' aim was always to adapt his designs to the social and economic conditions of the disadvantaged population and to place the human being at the centre. "The respect has no formula, no recipe. It is the feeling that architects have to possess with their customers; if the construction can give
Chryssa (Chryssa Vardea-Mavromichali, 1933, Athens – 2013, Athens) was a Greek-American graphic artist and sculptor best known for her monumental assemblages of neon, bronze, aluminium, plaster, and wood. Today she is considered one of the most important representatives of early Pop Art, Minimalism, and Conceptual Art.
Chryssa studied in Paris from 1953 to 1954, where she was taught by Alberto Giacometti, among others, and met artists such as André Breton and Max Ernst. From 1954 to 1955 she attended the California School of Fine Art in San Francisco and then moved to New York, where she lived with her partner, the artist Agnes Martin. Here she also met Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg and was one of the initiators of the American Nouveau Réalisme, which declared everyday life to be art. Furthermore, she exerted a demonstrable influence on Andy Warhol with her stamp paintings.
The spectacular neon signs in Times Square served Chryssa as an important source of inspiration. Starting in 1962, she used neon tubes in her artworks and was thus one of the first artists to declare this advertising medium an art material.
Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris (1887, La Chaux-de-Fonds – 1965, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin), more commonly known as Le Corbusier, was a Swiss-French architect, architectural theorist, urban planner, painter, draftsman, sculptor, and furniture designer. Le Corbusier was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. Since 2016, 17 of his buildings have been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. He first adopted his pseudonym, Le Corbusier, in 1920 in the magazine L'Esprit nouveau, in reference to the name of his great-grandmother Lecorbésier and deriving from corbeau, French for raven. Throughout his life, he showed a great passion for various means of expression: paintings, drawings, sculptures, lithography, tapestries, and enamelling. He repeatably emphasized how important it had been for his research and his architectural work to consistently devote himself to painting and drawing, five hours every morning.