Anyone tasked with recounting Le Corbusier’s life and career has their work cut out for them. The Swiss-born architect was prolific to say the least, from his pioneering modernist designs to his contributions to urban planning, including the realised city of Chandigarh in India. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his death, which was celebrated with a brilliant exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris this year.
For a special issue of French weekly Télérama, Paris-based illustrator Vincent Mahé, whose skilful work has landed him on It’s Nice That before, gamely illustrated four double-page spreads depicting Le Corbusier’s life and work. Vincent’s peach and mint green illustrations trace the architect’s life, from his beginnings in a small Swiss city near the French border studying at the local art school to his stint contributing to and later editing the magazine L’Espirit Nouveau with painter Amédée Ozenfant. They also capture everything in between designing his famous Villa Savoye and living out his days, largely naked, by the Mediterranean at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.