FROM BERLIN TO LOS ANGELES, open-plan has become the lifestyle of choice, allowing you to combine your living room, kitchen and dining room as you please. But complete freedom can be confusing. Learn how to make the most of the open plan by looking at one of its most original and luxurious applications in the Villa Savoye, the early 1930s home on the outskirts of Paris designed by Modernist master Le Corbusier.
Le Corbusier (1887-1965)—born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris in La Chaux-de-Fonds, a watchmaking center in northwest Switzerland—was the ne plus ultra of Modernists in the late 1920s, when he began to design a weekend house for the Parisian Savoye family. The site chosen was a spot west of Paris, overlooking the Seine Valley, in a village called Poissy. Back then, it was the countryside; now it’s firmly part of the city’s suburbs.