Capitol Complex Table
Capitol Complex table speaks to the extraordinary architecture of Le Corbusier’s Capitol Complex, designed for the Chandigarh government in 1951. Cassina’s reissue of the table is offered in two versions – natural and black stained oak, with the option of a glass top in several sizes in addition to the classic version with a teak top and frame. The base of the table features two large, solid wood, graphic elements shaped liken “cornes entrecroisées”, or interlocking horns. This design element almost reflects the matters that take place around the table, which is used for the large gatherings of the Legislative Assembly.
Born in Geneva in 1896, Pierre Jeanneret was a forward-thinking modernist who spent much of his career working in collaboration with his cousin, Le Corbusier. Jeanneret is known for his architecture, urban planning, and furniture designs. After spending 1916-1918 in the Swiss Army and studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Geneva, he opened an architecture practice with Le Corbusier in 1922. Together they designed architectural spaces and furniture pieces for over 20 years. Their collaboration took a hiatus when Jeanneret joined the French Resistance and Le Corbusier did not. One of their largest collaboration pieces is urban planning and architecture for the city of Chandigarh, India. The highlight of which is his design of 14 different types of mass housing for the city. His furniture design pieces are minimalist in style, and his most noted is a chair that requires no fasteners.