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KEIM poLyChro® – Le Corbusier

Two colour visionaries:

Two colour visionaries: Le Corbusier, architect and artist ... Le Corbusier icon of modern architecture Together with his pseudonym Le Corbusier, horn-rimmed glasses and a bow tie became his trademarks. Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris alias Le Corbusier (1887 1965) caused a sensation as an architect, urban planner, designer, artist and architectural theoretician, and was ahead of his time in many respects. Le Corbusier began his career by training to be a watch engraver at the local vocational arts college, but soon discovered his passion for painting and architecture. During the 1920s, he moved to Paris as an architect, writer and painter. The villas he designed there set the standards for modern age architecture. Three masterpieces stand out from the wealth of his achievements, meanwhile becoming concepts in their own right: • “Five Points of Architecture“, an essay that laid out the principles for a free ground plan and facade design. • The “Modulor“, a system for the scale of architectural proportion based on the golden ratio. • “Polychromie architecturale“, a unique tool for harmonious colour selection. Le Corbusier`s great designs are based on the “synthesis of art“, integrating architecture, interior design, furnishing and colour design. They are convincing and authoritative, right through to the present day. 49

... and Adolf Wilhelm Keim, skilled craftsman and inventor A. W. Keim foresighted lateral thinker silicate for renders and paintings which formed a highly stable bond with the mineral surface. Adolf Wilhelm Keim (18511913) was a trained potter who studied chemistry at Augsburg Industrial College before lecturing in Augsburg and Naples; last but not least, he was a brilliant inventor. In 1878 he received the imperial patent for his invention of the KEIM mineral paints that set new standards in terms of durability and colour stability that remain unsurpassed to this day. As before him the great poet and inspired scientist J. W. von Goethe, Keim was fascinated by the chemistry of mineral pigments and binding agents and how to produce a paint that looks like lime but is as indestructible as stone. His research led to the development of a binding agent made of liquid potassium 11