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Pierre Jeanneret, Rare Armless Easy Chair, Chandigarh, 1955

$28,150per item

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Pierre Jeanneret; Le Corbusier; Armless easy chair; India; Chandigarh; 1955; 1950s; Mid-Century Modern; cane; teak; wood; rattan; side chair; dining room chair; This very rare armless easy chair by Pierre Jeanneret was created for the city of Chandigarh in India, the utopian city designed by his cousin Le Corbusier. Characteristics of this design are the solid teak frame, typical Jeanneret flat profiled leg assembly, tilted backrest, square cane backrest and cane rectangular seat. It’s a low chair with a raw appearance and a slightly patinated material. These specific features make the design even more powerful and interesting. There are only very few examples of this particular design, which makes this item highly sought after by collectors and design aficionados. Jeanneret’s designs stand out for their essential forms and simple materials, a balance between modern European ideals and traditional Indian spirit. Another interesting and nowadays relevant fact about these and other Chandigarh chairs is that all pieces were made from the trees which were logged because of the city built, so an early adaptation of ecological thinking. We have two chairs available, priced per piece. Both chairs are in excellent original condition. Check out our Goldwood storefront for more authentic design pieces by Pierre Jeanneret.

Details

  • Creator
    Pierre Jeanneret (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32.29 in (82 cm)Width: 19.69 in (50 cm)Depth: 21.66 in (55 cm)Seat Height: 13.78 in (35 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1955
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Antwerp, BE
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU933429755952

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    Ships From: Antwerp, Belgium
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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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