Paris: Editions Falaize, 1951-52. 1st Edition. 3 vols., folio, publisher's illustrated wraps: both versions of vol. I spiral-bound, vol. II staple-bound.
Two issues (all published) of this midcentury French journal on the applied arts, with lithographic covers designed by Le Corbusier, and with the scarce alternate version of the first issue, produced for circulation at the first Congrès International sur la Divine Proportion held in Milan in September 1951. Planned as a tri-annual publication, the magazine pursued an interdisciplinary investigation of form and function in the fields of architecture, the fine arts, industrial and commercial design, fashion, film, and the sciences: "What is the origin of the forms which we perceive, which influence us, which locate us in the Universe?... forms at once natural, biological, mineral, artificial, functional, dramatic, attractive, disturbing, aggressive, abstract, etc... Does functionalism offer a total solution to these problems?... To treat these questions – often considered as having no relationship with each other – we have called upon specialists who are customarily limited to their proper fields of research" (from the mission statement by Michel Aimé). Included are articles by Le Corbusier on the role of public art in urban planning; Leger on color and modern architecture; Louis Girerd on aeronautical design; Pierre Balmain and Le Corbusier, among others, on the evolution of fashion design as it relates to architecture; a piece on the design of department stores and shopping centers; as well as pieces on Jean Cocteau, abstract cinema, and contemporary furniture. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photos, drawings and reproductions, strikingly laid out and accented with printed colors. The alternate version of issue one contains several pieces written for the Congrès International sur la Divine Proportion, as well as a special advertising supplement in the rear. Issue two includes a sample sheet of washable, waterproof wallpaper. Fragment of original printed glassine wrapper to issue two laid in. Light foxing to wraps of issue one; toning to wraps of alternate issue one; light rubbing and soiling to spine of issue two. Near fine, and scarce complete with all numbers. Item #1376