The Conference Table

Metaphor and Symbol in the designs of Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier often distilled his design philosophy into elemental symbols. The recurring forms found in the architect's art and buildings were often inspired or directly generated by metaphor, symbol or figurative reference. The enamel-clad doors that form the entrance of the Assembly building feature a combination of motifs drawn from landscape, nature and mythology. The Le Jeu Du Soleil ('the daily path of the sun') is the dominant visual theme across the width of the door, with green fields, blue water, trees and animals creating a vivid sense of life. The legs of the Conference Table directly echo the double curve of the path of the sun described by the images in the door.