City of Tomorrow

  • 1362 x 900
  • 1362 x 900
  • 1362 x 900
  • 1362 x 900

Imagine the world as you would ideally like it to be.

Throughout history, people have designed utopias, perfect worlds that aren’t exactly real and yet that serve to illuminate real needs. Contemplating utopias restores and reinvigorates us by helping us to focus on what things could, and might, one day be like.

Inside this beautifully-crafted jar, is a candle whose subtly blended fragrance helps to evoke the perfect world described by: the architect Le Corbusier, a realm of elegance, lightness and speed. 

Lighting the candle creates a moment in which we are able to reframe, and gain perspective over, some of the problems of our world today.

The scent of freshly cut grass with green pear, rose, lily, jasmine and balsam | Ceramic candle pot | Visitor's Guide booklet and box | 80 x 90mm 

Elegance, Lightness, Speed

In 1925, the Swiss-French modernist architect Le Corbusier published a book, The City of Tomorrow and its Planning, which described a city made perfect through beautiful, rational contemporary architecture. The City of Tomorrow would be uncluttered, calm and elegantly proportioned.

Technology would simplify life. There would be dignified housing for all and none of the anxiety and stress of our current large cities. Commuters would be propelled from their homes to offices in minutes by high-speed trains. We would keep fit by regularly playing tennis and going swimming. Le Corbusier – who loved flowers – took a particular interest in the design of public gardens. There would be allotments on the roofs of skyscrapers. Offices would be serene, with perfect filing systems and moderate work hours. There would be no slovenliness, no squalour and no garishness.

Other perfect worlds in The Utopia Series include Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and Plato’s The Republic.

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