Selling Out Chandigarh (04) – Upcoming at Wright

Dining chairs from Punjab University Student Residences, Chandigarh, set of eight, by Pierre Jeanneret at Wright, December 17, 2020. Estimate: $20,000–30,000

sofa from Punjab University, Chandigarh by Pierre Jeanneret at Wright : estimate: $20,000–30,000


Pierre Jeanneret, pair of lounge chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh at Wright. Estimate $20,000–30,000

[Chandigarh] is the biggest example in India of experimental architecture…It hits you on the head and makes you think. I like the creative approach, not being tied down by what has been done by our forefathers but thinking in new terms…in the ultimate analysis, a thing which fits in with social functions is beautiful.
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Former Prime Minister of India

For me it is a design desaster: Concrete in a tropical climate doesn’t fit well. It was supposed to be a new city and local government seat of Punjap, but not used as it was supposed or ment to be…and soon derelicted and in the past 10=12 years raided by design raiders.

In one of my eaerlier posts of this series I referred to a Mondo Blogo post and there I found this artist’s comment about raiding French former colonies for sought after Pierre Paulin design:

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