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Rare armchair known as “Cross easy chair” in solid teak and braided canework, circa 1955-1956. We have two of them to offer. PJ-SI-45-A for Chandigarh. This chair is a fantastic piece, almost iconic. It is raw in its simplicity and "warm" with that beautiful teak, which shows a strongly patinated material. AUTHENTICITY: We sell only authentic Mid-century objects. The owner of the gallery picks in India each piece on his own. We buy all objects unrestored, so all traces and important indicators of authenticity are visible. All wooden parts are original. We don’t replace damaged parts by new once or from some other damaged Jeanneret pieces. The patina is very important and during the restoration we try to preserve as much as possible of it. Old cracks, many layers of scratches, old traces of worn lacquer, distortions of the beams or the oxidation of the wood because of peoples touch are important signs of authenticity. There are fakes and Chandigarh objects never have serious provenence papers, so it's smart to buy from experts. We add a Certificate of Authenticity. ABOUT US: We are located in Switzerland, the origin of Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier. Proud to offer you our selection of authentic Mid Century pieces. The owner studied architecture at the elite university ETH in Zurich. Sonn after the openening of his gallery in Zurich downtown he focused on Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier. Finally he's got one of the biggest experts for Chandigarh objects worldwide. You are welcome in our new showroom of 450m2 in our two glass houses, where we show a selection of raw design master pieces.


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  • Condition Details
    completely restored. All wooden parts authentic. Cane has been redone 2016.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 29.53 in. x W 21.26 in. x D 30.71 in.H 75 cm x W 54 cm x D 78 cm
  • Seat Height
    13.78 in. (35 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Dietikon, CH
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About Pierre Jeanneret (Designer)

If his famed cousin and longtime colleague Charles-Édouard Jeanneret — better known as Le Corbusier — was the visionary, then Pierre Jeanneret was the member of the architecture and design team who got things done. In recent years, Jeanneret has emerged from Le Corbusier’s shadow, as collectors have discovered his simple and striking furniture creations.

Jeanneret studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Geneva and after he graduated in 1921 he became a partner in Le Corbusier’s office in Paris. The pair collaborated on numerous residential projects, most notably the Villa Savoye, the iconic modernist house in suburban Paris completed in 1931. Jeanneret also worked with the great Charlotte Perriand on the Grand Modele line of tubular metal furnishings that was a sensation at the annual Salon d’Automne design expo in 1929. A rift developed between Jeanneret and his cousin during World War II, as the former joined the French resistance, while Le Corbusier cooperated with the occupation Vichy authorities. The two did not work together again until 1950, when Le Corbusier persuaded Jeanneret to help execute the master plan for the new city of Chandigarh in Punjab, India. Jeanneret lived and worked there until the final years of his life.

A hallmark of Jeanneret’s furniture designs is his great sensitivity to materials. In contrast to the tubular-steel chairs produced by Marcel Breuer and other members of the Bauhaus, the chromed metal pieces designed by Jeanneret and Perriand — including such as the now-classic LC/4 chaise longue and the Grand Confort lounge chair — have a sensuous, relaxed and welcoming look. Conversely, while Jeanneret uses essentially geometric forms for his wooden seating pieces, they exude warmth by nature of the material. One of his first manufactured designs in wood is the Model 92 Scissors chair, licensed by Hans and Florence Knoll when they were touring postwar France. But Jeanneret’s finest work in furniture was done in Chandigarh, and these are the pieces that have earned him recent renown. Crafted of teak, the designs range from low-slung lounge chairs and armchairs with cane seats to desks and tables, most with Jeanneret’s signature drafting compass-shaped legs. Many such pieces on the market today are refurbished, having been found by dealers languishing in scrapyards in India in the late 1990s. Chandigarh is now taking better care of its modernist heritage, making available Jeanneret works all the rarer.

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