On Bringing Object Chandigarh into the World

On Bringing Object Chandigarh into the World

When I landed in Chandigarh, India, I often found myself lost in the labyrinth of streets and sectors. Yet, amidst this chaos, I felt an inexplicable pull towards the city. My journey began with a train ride from New Delhi, a whirlwind of an experience that was both exhilarating and daunting. But as the landscape changed, so did my perspective.

Naturally, I was excited by the architecture and furniture. And of course the camera was out every opportune moment.

The meticulously planned sector and iconic architecture was a stark contrast to the bustling streets of other Indian cities, and I could see Le Corbusier’s work at every corner when I explored the city on my own. I was struck by the ubiquity of the furniture; whether it was local stores, markets, or the university, the furniture of Chandigarh was everywhere. I was particularly captivated by how these pieces were repurposed and integrated into the daily lives of the locals. Stools transformed into barbers' workbenches in public parks, and pieces of furniture were adapted to suit various needs. This seamless blend of functionality and design was a testament to the city's ethos of frugality and innovation. 

My subsequent trips to India deepened my connection with Chandigarh and its furniture. I spent hours conversing with dealers, exploring back rooms, and immersing myself in the rich history of the city. These interactions not only enriched my understanding of the furniture but also solidified my place in the market. 

As a dealer, I was buying things to resell—but I found myself keeping one or two pieces with each shipment. 

The pieces that I've curated for "Object Chandigarh" are a reflection of my journey. They aren't necessarily the rarest or in pristine condition, but each piece resonates with a unique essence. The wear and tear, the marks of time, speak volumes about their history. These pieces, which will be on display at the Patrick Parrish Gallery on October 26th, are a culmination of my passion, dedication, and the invaluable contributions of my collaborators.

From photographers to designers, from stagings to the dealers I met in India, every individual played a pivotal role in bringing this project to life. Their belief in the vision and their unwavering support has been instrumental in shaping "Object Chandigarh."

I’m eager to hear the conversations and discussions that these pieces will inspire. The craftsmanship, the stories, and the legacy of Chandigarh's furniture are waiting to be discovered. 

I invite you to join me on this journey, to delve deep into the heart of Chandigarh, and to experience the magic of its design and history.

Enjoy, Object Chandigarh

Thank you, 

George Gilpin

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