Upon India’s independence Jawaharlal Nehru, the nation’s first Prime Minister, dreamed of a new town, symbolic of the freedom of India. The municipality of Chandigarh is the incarnation of Nehru’s vision. The construction was the brainchild of renowned modernist architect Le Corbusier, born of his utopian dream of an avant-garde city, and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret, who oversaw the production of thousands of objects that furnished it. Recently, record prices at auction for these pieces have brought awareness of this great project and its creators to a broader public. This catalogue sheds new light on this visionary urban project that is generating growing interest among design aficionados around the world.
Dimensions: W 11.8 x L 37.3 x D 1.5 in. 350 pages, over 400 illustrations.
About the author:
Interested in art objects and antiques from his earliest years, Jacques Dworczak became a renowned specialist and recognized expert in the field of naval artifacts. A passion for luxury ocean liners led him to India, where he discovered the somewhat forgotten treasure of Chandigarh, and this reoriented his career.
The innovative character of the architecture and the aesthetic boldness of the urban project captivated him, and he has never ceased to share his enthusiasm for this singular milestone of midcentury design. Over many years he has delved into archives and museums and also on-site research to offer a comprehensive overview of the prolific range of furniture created by Le Corbusier and his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret.