Between 1975 and 2000, Chandigarh fell out of favour somewhat. Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier both died. The city was poorly maintained and its sought-after furniture aged and sometimes deteriorated. Of no interest to anyone, the damaged furniture was downgraded and decommissioned by the city administration. It could be found stored carelessly in gloomy municipal warehouses, sometimes "exposed to the elements", sold cheaply at auction for the local market, or worse, used as fuel for heating and cooking.
In the 2000s, a few European enthusiasts, amazed at this cultural neglect, decided to save some furniture bought from local antique dealers, by restoring it and repatriating it to Europe. A long process of research, classification and presentation was undertaken in Europe and the United States. This work let the world know about the masterpieces that had been saved and perhaps raised awareness among Indians of the outstanding value of their city’s cultural heritage...
Today, Chandigarh is once more thriving. The city is decorated with flowers and well maintained, and its residents are proud to live there. The recent creation of a "Chandigarh Heritage Furniture Committee" to save and restore the furniture of Charles-Edouard and Pierre Jeanneret is proof of this.
Thanks to all those who were part of this incredible, wonderful adventure.