In Poissy, the Villa Savoye has given carte blanche to Nathalie Du Pasquier as part of the exhibition “At home, a carte blanche to Nathalie Du Pasquier” which will be held until September 25th. The opportunity to “furnish” again this villa designed by Le Corbusier and uninhabited since 1940.
A member of the Memphis movement launched by the Italian Ettore Sottsass in Milan in the 1980s, the Franco-Italian designer Nathalie Du Pasquier tackled a historical monument for the first time. The exhibition “At home, a carte blanche to Nathalie Du Pasquier”, curated by Yvon Lambert, was chosen this title because of Nathalie Du Pasquier’s desire to revive this place, which was the residence secondary school of the Savoye family in the years 1930-1940. Designed by Le Corbusier between 1928 and 1931 at the request of Pierre and Eugénie Savoye, the villa has since been renewed as a place of cultural visit.
Works designed to be in harmony with the Villa
Composed of twelve creations, this carte blanche exhibition by Nathalie Du Pasquier translates into a sort of dialogue with the colored walls present in the villa, and in reference to architectural polychromy, a theory of color put forward by Le Corbusier. In fact, she explains that these creations, which act as composite works, were thought “like trompe l’oeil, fake furniture, come to dress and bring a soul to these different living rooms”.
A beautiful tribute and a highlighting of the work of the architect, which however required some reflection related to technical constraints due to the status of a historic monument of the place. Indeed, the lack of available surface and the impossibility of hanging works on the walls restricted the possibilities of realizations, but turned out to be beneficial in the end, “Thanks to this constraint of not being able to hang anything on the walls, I have developed new pieces,” she testifies.
Le résultat permet d’offre une certaine “nouvelle âme” à la villa, qui à travers ses nombreuses fenêtres entourant la bâtisse, permet des jeux de lumière interessants avec les réalisations de la designer.