At the request of Mallet-Stevens, his occasional associate, ironsmith Jean Prouvé, met with Brancusi who was contemplating a 50-meter high stainless steel enlargement. Although the commission fell through, Jean Prouvé produced the stainless steel sculpture, The Newborn, for Brancusi.
In addition to Mallet-Stevens, many other architects such as Le Corbusier, Frederick Kiesler, Eckart Muthesius, etc. also visited Brancusi’s studio.
Brancusi, who joined the De Stijl movement in 1927, declared that “architecture is sculpture”. Throughout his life, he sought to produce large scale works in correspondence with architecture. In 1930, he studied a project – subsequently abandoned – for Temple of Delivrance adorned with three Birds in space for the palace of the Maharajah of Indore, the major work of Muthesius, then in 1938, the monumental ensemble of Targu Jiu in Romania comprising the Table of Silence, the Gate of the Kiss and the Endless Column.
“There were indeed many things for architects to discover in Brancusi’s workshop. In fact, his art is also essentially a dialogue with architecture. There are several concrete common points between the two: geometric elementarism as a principle for form, transparency as the principle for appearance, the combinatory method as the principle forconstruction and the search for a new interpretation of traditional urban structures, a new form of urban texture.”
Friedrich Teja Bach, Constantin Brancusi, la réalité de la sculpture, Ed. Centre Pompidou, Paris, 1995, p.32