1. A chair used in the High court in Chandigarh designed by Le Corbusier and Jeanerret Pinterest
1. A chair used in the High court in Chandigarh designed by Le Corbusier and Jeanerret
2. A pair of lounge chairs used in the High court in Chandigarh designed by Le Corbusier and Jeanneret Pinterest
2. A pair of lounge chairs used in the High court in Chandigarh designed by Le Corbusier and Jeanneret
3. An outdoor light fixture from the Chandigarh Zoo Pinterest
3. An outdoor light fixture from the Chandigarh Zoo
4. Book case designed by Perriand and Jeanneret Pinterest
4. Book case designed by Perriand and Jeanneret
5. Desk from an administrative building Pinterest
5. Desk from an administrative building
6. Folding screen from the Administrative Buildings in Chandigarh by Pierre Jeanneret Pinterest
6. Folding screen from the Administrative Buildings in Chandigarh by Pierre Jeanneret
7. Kangaroo Chair by Pierre Jeanneret Pinterest
7. Kangaroo Chair by Pierre Jeanneret
8. Le Corbusier designed manhole cover for Chandigarh, depicting the new city's grid layout Pinterest
8. Le Corbusier designed manhole cover for Chandigarh, depicting the new city's grid layout
9. Pierre Jeanneret, 'Judge Chair', c. 1960, solid teak and leather Pinterest
9. Pierre Jeanneret, 'Judge Chair', c. 1960, solid teak and leather
10. Pierre Jeanneret’s Standard Lamp Pinterest
10. Pierre Jeanneret’s Standard Lamp
11. Pierre Jeanneret's Caned Teak Easy Chair Pinterest
11. Pierre Jeanneret's Caned Teak Easy Chair
12. Pierre Jeanneret's Demountable desk from the High Court Pinterest
12. Pierre Jeanneret's Demountable desk from the High Court
13. Pierre Jeanneret's teak and rope chair designed for a private residence in Chandigarh Pinterest
13. Pierre Jeanneret's teak and rope chair designed for a private residence in Chandigarh
14. Sandoz stool by Charlotte Perriand Pinterest
14. Sandoz stool by Charlotte Perriand
15. Work table and the iconic Clerk's chair Pinterest
15. Work table and the iconic Clerk's chair
16. Stool's from the architecture school Pinterest
16. Stool's from the architecture school

16 most prized pieces of furniture from the Chandigarh project by Le Corbusier

by Ashiesh Shah Feb 08, 2017

Having received the brief to plan and design a new state capital for the Punjab, Le Corbusier, true to form, delivered a striking urban entity. During the Chandigarh project Le Corbusier designed several pieces of furniture for his architectural projects with his colleague and cousin Pierre Jeanneret. Charlotte Perriand also considered a seminal figure in 20th century design often collaborated with the architects.

The furniture they designed for India's first postcolonial city has very much shaped the idea of modernist design in India. The pieces combine the modernist aesthetic with local Indian craftsmanship and materials like solid teak and rosewood. The modernist emphasis on the idea of the utilitarian was an integral element in their designs and the geometry of the work itself serves to underscore the highly rational layout of the city. I am listing down some of their most iconic pieces of furniture.