Le Corbusier created the Applique de Marseille and installed it into his own study at Rue Nungesser et Coli. The rarity of the artist using and placing forward his own design in his home is an act of appreciation for the continuity and style of the piece.
This wall lamp, with the light provided through double emission is materially based off of aluminium. It is available in both matt grey or matt white, through paint and containing internal diffusers that shine in a whitewash base color.
The lamp gives off both direct and indirect lighting and can be dimmed through the bulb in the lamp. The light is controlled through mono switch and is powered with two times 52 watts.
Le Corbusier achieves his inspiration through forms of light. This influence can easily be noted through his design in the Applique de Marseille, which appear to be cones on top of one another. Each cone is inverted at the joint so that at the middle of the two is the smallest portion and the ends boast a larger circumference. This illusion of merging two lights with one not only allows the owner to boast more light power, from two emissions instead of one, but also gives off more light in an upward fashion, which takes the room`s height into effect.
Le Corbusier mentions that light is seen through forms. And these forms are in consequence displayed through the light. The benefit, however, of using actual shapes of light, is that it is tangible and leaves no doubt or room for ambiguity.