Armchair designed by Pierre Jeanneret with a teak structure and leather seat that was commissioned for the auditorium buildings of Chandigarh

The concrete light by Le Corbusier was built for Citt Radieuse of Marseille, and also for the city of Chandigarh and the Villa Sarabhai of Ahmedabad in 1954

Tapestry titled Les Musiciennes I by Le Corbusier in 1953

Left: Also displayed at the exhibition, Charlotte Perriand’s cowskin armchair from 1946. Right: Jean Prouve’s black lacquered metal frame bed from 1954

Public bench, designed by Pierre Jeanneret in 1955, is made of teak and upholstered with sheep skin. It was a special commission for the High Court of the city of Chandigarh

Francois Laffanour recreates the Chandigarh project for Design Miami 2016

by Nishita Fiji Nov 08, 2016
When the Indian government commissioned renowned Swiss-French architect, designer, painter and urban planner, Le Corbusier to head the Chandigarh project in 1951, he was asked to put together a city that would be an expression of faith in India’s future, while Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret was given the task to supervise and design furniture best suited for it.  Inspired by this, Francois Laffanour of Galerie Downtown, Paris will exhibit key pieces from the project as well as some of the work by French architects Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouve at Design Miami 2016.

Francois specialises in furniture by European and American designers and architects of the 20th century. The exhibit will also display the models Pierre developed with help from local artisans to suit the new city. This range of armchairs, tables, benches, seats and desks were constructed on rudimentary principles, using regional materials, mostly solid teakwood.

Through this exhibition, Francois aims to highlight the importance and sensibility of the work of Le Corbusier, Jeanneret, Prouve and Perriand.

The show can be viewed at Design Miami from November 30 to December 4, 2016.


Public bench, designed by Pierre Jeanneret in 1955, is made of teak and upholstered with sheep skin. It was a special commission for the High Court of the city of Chandigarh