Senior government officials in the Indian state of Punjab have been accused of being involved in the export of antique Le Corbusier furniture from the town of Chandigarh.
Architect Le Corbusier designed much of the Indian city of Chandigarh in the 1950s. His design for the city was based on 56 self-contained micro-neighborhoods, each with their own schools, shops, and entertainment. Trees were planted and parks constructed to provide a softening effect to the mainly concrete buildings. The city attracts visitors from all over the world and remains a testament to Le Corbusier’s style of architecture.
Le Corbusier began designing furniture in 1928. He collaborated on furniture design with fellow architects Charlotte Perriand and later his cousin Pierre Jeanneret. Many of Le Corbusier’s furniture designs were installed in the Chandigarh buildings and include sofas, desks, chairs, and tables.
Some Le Corbusier chairs has been found in a junk shop in the town at a price of less than £2, yet a set of four chairs fetched $21,250 at a Bonham’s auction sale.
Activists living in Chandigarh want the government to stop the furniture leaving the city. They argue that it is a valuable part of the city’s heritage and should be preserved and remain in the city.
It is highly unlikely that you will find Le Corbusier furniture from Chandigarh in a local Lancashire antique shop, but you will see many fine examples of antique desks, sofas, chairs and tables that will enhance your home.
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