France/India, c. 1953
23½ × 25 × 35”
Le Corbusier and Jeanneret renewed their working relationship in the early 1950s to collaborate on the urban planning project in Chandigarh, India. Chandigarh was an experimental modernist city located approximately 150 miles north of New Delhi and serves as capital to two Indian states, Punjab and Haryana. There they created many low cost civic buildings that are now considered landmarks of modern architecture. To complement the buildings, Jeanneret also designed much of the furniture for these government offices and educational institutions. The furniture is functional and made of native materials by local craftsmen. His designs even extended to lampposts and manhole covers around the city.
Le Corbusier left midway through the project and Jeanneret was subsequently appointed Chief Architect and Urban Planning Designer. Pierre stayed in Chandigarh for more than fifteen years even after the completion of the project. Buildings of note include most of the architecture in Chandigarh's university including the Ghandi Bhawan and the University Library. —Eron Johnson Antiques