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Q: Salubra Wallpapers- Switzerland ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Salubra Wallpapers- Switzerland
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: jano31-ga
List Price: $2.50
Posted: 17 Oct 2002 15:48 PDT
Expires: 16 Nov 2002 14:48 PST
Question ID: 77952
Do Salubra still make wallpapers - particularly The Le Corbusier range?
Subject: Re: Salubra Wallpapers- Switzerland
Answered By: angy-ga on 18 Oct 2002 00:46 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
As Leli-ga says, Salubra is indeed in Germany and celebrated 100 years
in the business last year.

 Their address is: Salubra-Tekko GmbH
Rheinallee 25 D-79639 Grenzach-Wyhlen
Tel. +49-7624-130 
Fax 07624 / 13-240
HOTLINE 0173-8294900

Grenzach is near Basel, which is on the Rhine near the
Swiss/German/French border, hence the confusion. They are referred to
as German manufacturers, but there are some early references to them
as belonging to "three lands".

I have emailed them to see if they still manufacture the Le Corbusier
range either for general retail or to order. If they still hold the
license for the range they may be prepred to fill special orders. If
and when they reply I will post their answer.

A long article on the history of Salubra itself, by Martin Ebner, in
German, is at:

Google's new beta automatic translation service produced some
hilarious results, but is sufficiently good to allow one to piece
together the  general meaning.  Founded in 1901 the firm was highly
successful. It continued to develop and invest in new technologies
such as vinyl strippable wallpapers as they were developed. It was
taken over in 1994 by an owner who refused to invest in the
development of new collections, but instead sold old collections to
the East. With the collapse of the Russian market the firm became
insolvent in 1998, but has been allowed to trade out of their problems
with the introduction of a new modern range, with a return to
metallics and silk looks.

Wallpaper links for the professional can be found at Rebecca Schunk's

She includes a list of worldwide manufacturers of Historic Wallpapers,
 number 15 on the list to be found  at:

and she also lists also custom made wallpaper manufacturers (number
19) where your choice of design is printed to order. Provided the Le
Corbusier designs are not still licensed to Salubra or under copyright
they may be available form one of these manufacturers.

Some information about Le Corbusier's involvement with Salubra, which
you may be familiar with, is on Birkhauser's website at:

The article starts:

"In the course of this century, the wallpaper company Salubra, with
their headquarters in Grenzach near Basel, has repeatedly asked famous
artists to compose individual color scales and collections for
practical use in the wallpaper industry. Le Corbusier designed two
collections for Salubra: the «Claviers de couleurs» in 1931 with 43
shades, and the Salubra collection in 1959 with 20 colors. In both
cases, various patterns were added (rhomboids, dots, marble
imitations, etc.)"

A book "  Le Corbusier, Polychromie architecturale"  by Arthur Rüegg
is reviewed at:

It contains both collections printed on wallpaper as full page pattern
sheets. It's designed as an architect's resource book, and costs

I hope this is useful. Thank you for an interesting question. 

Search terms:
"salubra wallpapers"
"Le Corbusier wallpaper"

Clarification of Answer by angy-ga on 21 Oct 2002 20:09 PDT
Hi !

Salubra have responded to my email as follows:

"Sorry, wir stellen keine Le Corbusier Tapeten her,
mit freundlichen Grüßen
Klaus Batzel"

which translates as:

"Sorry, we do not manufacture Le Corbusier wallpapers,
Yours sincerely 
Klaus Batzel"

So they no longer produce the range, unfortunately.

Clarification of Answer by angy-ga on 24 Oct 2002 21:50 PDT
Thank you, Jano !

It is possible to ask for a particular researcher via the subject line
of your question - but there are many fine researchers out here able
to help you.
jano31-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Many thanks - fantastic answer and follow up angy-gar you're a star. A
very full answer and all the stuff I want to know. How do I find you
particularly again when I want something? Again, many thanks. Jano

Subject: Re: Salubra Wallpapers- Switzerland
From: leli-ga on 17 Oct 2002 16:29 PDT
There's a Salubra range of wallpaper in Germany but it doesn't seem to
include "Le Corbusier".

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