Pierre Jeanneret Library Chair, 1950s

Buyer Protection Guaranteed


Chair designed by Pierre Jeanneret for the Le Corbusier Punjab Library in Chandigarh, India, in the 1950s.
Solid teak and cane.


  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1955
  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    29.92 in. H x 18.5 in. W x 16.54 in. D
    76 cm H x 47 cm W x 42 cm D
  • Seller Location
    Toulouse, France
  • Number of Items
  • Reference Number

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.

About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2016

Typical response time: 1 hour

Located in Toulouse, FR

More from this Seller

Andre Arbus Desk Chairs, Oak, 1940s
Andre Arbus Desk Chairs, Oak, 1940s
André Arbus
Fabric, Wood
Huge André Arbus chair from the 1940s. Legs in carved oak. New uphosltery with Manuel Canovas woven cotton fabric.   
Faux Tortoise Folding Chairs by Maison Jansen, 1960s
Faux Tortoise Folding Chairs by Maison Jansen, 196...
Maison Jansen
Brass, Velvet, Wood
Set of four very nice folding chairs by Mansen Jansen, circa 1960. Faux tortoise patina wood, gilded brass, brown velvet. New upholstery.
Maison Jansen Sofa, 1960s
Maison Jansen Sofa, 1960s
Maison Jansen
Fabric, Wood
Huge sofa by Maison Jansen from the 1960s Legs in light grey patina wood. The upholstery is new. The sofa is in perfect condition and very comfortable.   
Kaj Winding Chest Bench, Denmark, 1960s
Kaj Winding Chest Bench, Denmark, 1960s
Kai Winding
Teak, Cane
Long chest bench by Kaj Winding, Denmark, 1960s Solid teak with cane panels on four sides. Opening top.
Andre Arbus Sofa, 1940s
Andre Arbus Sofa, 1940s
André Arbus
Huge sofa by Andre Arbus made on order for a private house, south of France. Upholstery in perfect condition with the original red velvet.