Pierre (Andre) Jeanneret and Le Corbusier

Biography

Pierre (Andre) Jeanneret (1896–1967)

French architect and designer. He was born in 1896 in Geneva, where he attended the School of Fine Arts. He had an internship as an architect at Auguste Perret architectural practice in Paris (1920–1921). From 1921 he began working with his cousin Le Corbusier. From this point on, Pierre Jeanneret was his permanent collaborator and companion, and the projects created by them (up to 1940) are signed by Édouard Jeanneret / Pierre Jeanneret.

The last 15 years of his life, Pierre Jeanneret spent in India, where he worked with Le Corbusier on the plan and architecture for the city of Chandigarh. There, together with Indian artisans, he created his iconic pieces of furniture.

Le Corbusier (1887 — 1976)

Le Corbusier was one of the key figures of the XX-century architecture and a creator of purism, am architectural style based on clarity and precision. He was born in Switzerland in 1887. After completing his first architectural project at the age of 18, he travelled around Europe to study. Upon returning to Switzerland, he opened his first architectural bureau that specialised in the projects of the apartment buildings. He innovated the formal language of the architecture by introducing large prefabricated elements. In the early 1950’s he refused the rigorous forms of his earlier work in favour of the sleek lines and the prominent decoration of the facades. Apart from committing his whole life to urban planning, he also included furniture into his design practice in the 1920’s. He died in 1976.

In 2008 several of his buildings around the world were included into the UNESCO list of the World Heritage sites. 

 

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