Pierre Jeanneret was a visionary of modernist architecture and design. With his cousin Le Corbusier, he pioneered a new aesthetic vocabulary that favored function and order. Jeanneret’s work imbued the strict geometry of modernism with energetic diagonals and lighter materials like cane and wood.
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.