In Styleture’s “Sultans of Style” series, we profile game-changing artists who have pioneered their way into the history books of design.


Le Corbusier (1933)

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier, born in 1887 in Switzerland, was an architect, designer, urbanist, writer and painter who demonstrated a command of design in its simplest and most utilitarian form. He viewed the house as a “machine for living” and created the movement of Purism – an extension of Cubism – that advocated a return to clean and ordered forms. He designed the Swiss House at Paris City University and the Hostel for the Salvation Army in Paris. He was a visionary thinker, drafting plans for entire metropolises with elevated roadways and residential housing grouped in “great blocks of villas.” He had a unique take on the design of New York City, stating that the skyscrapers were “romantic” and “great gestures of pride,” but that the street had been “killed” and “the city made into a madhouse.”

Le Corbusier’s designs have influenced an innumerable number of subsequent designers and long after his death, he continues to be a celebrated visionary. We at Styleture celebrate his vision every chance we get.


Swiss House at Paris City University


Hostel for the Salvation Army in Paris