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Pierre Jeanneret X-Easy Armchair Authentic Mid-Century Modern Chandigarh

$20,111

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This chair is not only a fantastic piece, it’s a design icon. It is raw in its simplicity, embodying an expressing a nonchalance. There is something deeply relaxing about this design and at the same time it’s very sharp and fierce. The X-shape legs are characteristic of Pierre Jeannerets design for Chandigarh and you can see it on many objects. There is a similar type with A-legs, but this one is definitely more rare and special. We love this combination of this strong wood frame filled with the thin caning. These contrasts make this object so unique. Each chair looks a bit different and that makes every chair to a unique piece. – Some are thinner, lower, wider, darker, with wider or more dense caning, with more traces of use or less. Each chair has its own character and that makes them so unique and different to all the industrial design, where every item is 100% same. Pierre Jeanneret created sensual designs that are not only timeless but historical. We love that. Authenticity: We sell only authentic midcentury 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 people’s touch are important signs of authenticity. There are fakes and Chandigarh objects never have serious provenance papers, so it's smart to buy from experts. We add a “Certificate of Authenticity”. There are three more chairs available.

Details

  • Creator
    Pierre Jeanneret (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27.17 in (69 cm)Width: 22.05 in (56 cm)Depth: 28.75 in (73 cm)Seat Height: 13.78 in (35 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Teak,Caning
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1956
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Has been softly restored and caning redone in 2020. Chair is ready to use. We add a cushion.
  • Seller Location
    Zürich, CH
  • Reference Number
    Seller: V|61-21stDibs: LU2566324878662

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    Ships From: Zürich, Switzerland
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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About the Designer

Pierre Jeanneret

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 occupying authorities in Vichy. 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 LC4 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 Jeanneret’s 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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