Low Caned Stool, Chandigarh
c. 1956
Pierre Jeanneret

Teak, Cane
17 x 15 x 12”

The planned city of Chandigarh was conceived by Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, who looked for large-scale projects to express what he called “the nation’s faith in the future.”.Nehru and the Chandigarh government hired Swiss-French architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier, to create a master plan for the city. Named for Chandi, Hindu goddess of power, Chandigarh was Le Corbusier’s largest and most ambitious project, involving residential, commercial, and industrial areas, parks, and a complex of government buildings..In turn, Le Corbusier insisted on hiring his cousin Pierre Jeanneret to design the city’s furniture. Jeanneret designed furniture for the entire complex, using inexpensive, locally-sourced teak, which was bug- and humidity-resistant..Jeanneret’s simple and functional designs, which were also robust and sturdy, were executed by local craftsmen, and included bamboo, iron rod, rope, caning, cotton, and upholstery. The V-leg construction of the Committee chairs — first developed in the earlier Scissor chairs, designed for Knoll, Inc. — was an element used extensively in his Chandigarh designs. —Toomey & Co.

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