These Advocate Armchairs were designed by Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier for the High Court and the University of Punjab in Chandigarh, India. Each piece was detailed for a specific place and use, with close attention paid to the symbolic context. Thus the furnishings for the High Court projected a clear, immediate image of its authority and hierarchy. The height of the backrests used for the judges’ chairs were significantly higher than those designed for the advocates. This pair of armchairs in teak and hide upholstery are in excellent condition.
Swiss-born architect and furniture designer Jeanneret (1896-1967) worked for most of his life alongside his cousin Le Corbusier. In the early 1950s, they took on a massive urban planning project in Chandigarh, India, designing and producing low-cost buildings for the community. The city evolved into a landmark of modernist architecture. Architect, urban planner, painter, writer, designer, and theorist Charles-Edouard Jeanneret—better known as Le Corbusier—was born in Switzerland but was most active in France. He is a giant of European culture whose vast influence on architectural theory and expression cannot be overstated.