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Two Pierre Jeanneret Sofa Chairs / Authentic Mid-Century Modern, Chandigarh

$95,000per set

About

These iconic pieces of furniture with their characteristic A-shaped profiles are rare Classics of history. Through their sophisticated proportions and elegant shape the sofas represents the timeless mindset of modernist architecture and design. They consist of natural materials as solid teak wood and their upholstery of colored fur, specifically cow hides. The few but well executed elements underline their simplicity and roughness and support the sofa's appearance. These sofas have letters, which means they are extremely rare. They are such a great investment and very hard to find these days. Pierre Jeanneret counts as one of the most influential architects and designers of the modernist period. Alongside Le Corbusier he was involved in countless projects, that had a major impact on our understanding of modern architecture. We don't restore too much in order to keep as much as possible of the historical traces and value. 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 peoples touch are important signs of authenticity. The upholstery has been redone. 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”. About us: We are located in Switzerland, the origin of Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier. Proud to offer you our huge selection of authentic midcentury pieces. The owner studied architecture at the elite university ETH in Zurich. Soon after the opening 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.

Details

  • Creator
    Pierre Jeanneret (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.53 in. (75 cm)Width: 22.45 in. (57 cm)Depth: 31.11 in. (79 cm)Seat Height: 15.36 in. (39 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1955
  • Condition
    Refinished. Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Has been softly restored and upholstery redone in 2020. Both sofas are ready to use. We add a certificate of authenticity.
  • Seller Location
    Zürich, CH
  • Reference Number
    Seller: now 2 different1stDibs: LU2566324339312

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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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