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Architects of the Modern

Improbable Walks, Season 3, Episode 8: Today's episode walks into a neighbourhood of wonderful Modernist villas in the west of Paris. Welcome to the rue Mallet-Stevens! This was designed by the wonderful architect, Robert Mallet-Stevens (who I refer to as "RMS" during the podcast.) The photos below include the rue Mallet-Stevens, the man himself--photographed by Man Ray, and painted by his cousin, Jean-Hebert Stevens. Next, a photo of 3 architects: Le Corbusier, RMS, and Auguste Perret, a photo of the Perret brothers clowning around, and a photo of Corbu--often he is so poised & serious, but he could be charming, beside a shot of the interior ramp of Corbu's Villa, currently part of the Fondation Le Corbusier. All a short stroll from Metro station Jasmine in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.


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