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The Chandigarh project is considered Le Corbusier’s most mature work that summarises his poetics, technique and ideology, consistent with his will to research and contribute to the culture of architecture and design.
Proposed to Le Corbusier by the then Prime Minister Nehru, it represented a fundamental opportunity for him to test his architectural, urbanistic theories with the collaboration of architects that included his cousin Pierre Jeanneret.
Most certainly Pierre Jeanneret had a fundamental role in the design of the furniture for the city of Chandigarh even if there is still an absence of documentary evidence.
With the support of the Fondation Le Corbusier, who gave access to their archives and in agreement with the heirs of Pierre Jeanneret, Cassina began to produce models inspired by Pierre Jeanneret.
With the utmost respect for authenticity, Cassina acknowledges that these products have always been made and reproduced with varying details by local artisans, and not only, up to the point that they have become sources of general inspiration.
Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. Ph.Jeet Malhotra ©FLC ADAGP
Master plan of Chandigarh showing numbered sectors, drawn in 1951 revised in 1953 ©FLC ADAGP
These four products are a tribute to Pierre Jeanneret, a key figure in the realization of Chandigarh.
His experience in India lasted until the end of his days in 1967.
His close and continuous contact with the local territory led him to combine essential forms with simple materials to create a meeting point between modern European ideals and the traditional Indian spirit.