Pierre Jeanneret, ‘'Reading table', model no. PJ-TA-09-B, and 'Cane seat wood back' chair, model no. PJ-SI-51-A, designed for the High Court, Punjab University Library and Central State Library, Chandigarh’, 1959-1962, Phillips

Table: 72 x 114.3 x 76.2 cm (28 3/8 x 45 x 30 in.)
Chair: 77.5 x 46.5 x 49.5 cm (30 1/2 x 18 1/4 x 19 1/2 in.)

Eric Touchaleaume and Gerald Moreau, Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, The Indian Adventure: Design-Art-Architecture, Paris, 2010, p. 574 for the table, pp. 111-12, 368, 372, 374, 569, 586 for the chair
Galerie Patrick Seguin, Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret: Chandigarh, India, Paris, 2014, pp. 182-87, 219, 221, 283 for the chair

Chandigarh, India

About Pierre Jeanneret

Though overshadowed by his cousin Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret was a visionary of modernist architecture and design. Together, the pair pioneered a new aesthetic vocabulary that placed function and order over embellishment—Jeanneret’s work imbuing the strict geometry of modernism with energetic diagonals and lighter materials like cane and wood. A consistent innovator, he collaborated with Charlotte Perriand on experiments in aluminum and wood, and developed prefabricated housing with Jean Prouvé. In the early 1950s Jeanneret joined his cousin in Chandigarh, India, where they embarked on a massive urban-planning project, laying out the city and designing low-cost buildings and furniture. Though Corbusier abandoned the project halfway through, Jeanneret remained for 15 years as the project’s chief architect. The city remains a masterpiece of the modern vision.

Swiss, 1896-1967, Geneva, Switzerland