The L-1 75th anniversary colour collection

We are pleased to present the 75th anniversary collection of L-1 in a selection of colours from Le Corbusier’s unique colour keyboards, les claviers de couleurs, first published in 1931.
2012 marks the 75th anniversary of the original Luxo L-1 task light, designed by Norwegian industrialist Jac Jacobsen in 1937. Not many industrial products are still going strong after such a long period of time. This calls for a celebration!

Colours chosen by Vesa Honkonen
In celebration of the 75th anniversary we invited the Finnish architect Vesa Honkonen to create a suite of colours for a limited anniversary collection of L-1. He has chosen to go back in history. Here he explains why:


Les Couleurs® Le Corbusier

Les Couleurs® Le Corbusier are trademarked nuances orchestrated by Les Couleurs Suisse AG, based on a worldwide exclusive mandate from La Fondation Le Corbusier in Paris.

The L-1 anniversary colours have been chosen from the velour (velvet) colour keyboards, which Le Corbusier considered particularly suitable for office environments.

Here our anniversary collection is displayed against a cream-coloured background from the same colour keyboard. This background nuance is 32001 blanc. According to Le Corbusier’s colour harmony logic, 32001 blanc qualifies as an architecturally highly eminent wall colour in a room featuring design objects and furniture in the L-1 anniversary colours.