In the March of 2012, conservators in MoMA’s sculpture conservation lab undertook a yearlong treatment of an original kitchen by Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier from the seminal urban construction the Unite d’Habitation. All of the kitchen components (including the drain!) were transported from Marseilles, France, to our lab in New York City, and reassembled for research and treatment. This was a collaborative project between conservators and curators to restore this well-used, 60-year-old kitchen to a state that would be reflect the original conception of Le Corbusier’s and Charlotte Perriand’s pivotal design. The video below presents an overview of this process, and the decisions we’ve made so far along the way.
And be sure to visit the blog again soon for our final post on the Le Corbusier kitchen conservation project.