This desk was intended for the Secretariat and various administrative building in Chandigarh, India. When India gained independence in 1947, Nehru decided to commission a contemporary architect for the creation of the new capital of the Punjab region, which would become Chandigarh. Le Corbusier's project was designed to illustrate the bright future of the new country and he entrusted Pierre Jeanneret -his cousin and lifelong collaborator-with the designing of most of the furniture of the future city of Chandigarh. Pierre Jeanneret opted for readily available materials, with an emphasis on the different local species of wood -here teak, rot-resistant and perfectly adapted to the vicissitude the climate. This desk is in an exceptional condition.