This Pierre Jeanneret arm chair / office chair is a historic piece of vintage design furniture. It was manufactured in and for the architectural city of Chandigarh, India in the 1950s.
It is made of high quality wood. The seat and back are upholstered with cane, matching the design very nicely. It has a strong, geometric structure. This is a highly recognizable and celebrated design by Jeanneret for the city of Chandigarh. It would be a valuable addition to the office space, but could also suit very well as a side chairs or decorative piece to the interior. Guaranteed to draw the attention of any design enthusiast! It has the original serial number marked on the back of the seat’s frame.
The planned city of Chandigarh was conceived by Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister. Nehru and the Chandigarh government hired Swiss-French architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier, to create a master plan for the city. Named for Chandi, Hindu goddess of power, Chandigarh was Le Corbusier’s largest and most ambitious project, involving residential, commercial, and industrial areas, parks, and a complex of government buildings.In turn, Le Corbusier insisted on hiring his cousin Pierre Jeanneret to design the city’s furniture. Jeanneret designed furniture for the entire complex, using locally-sourced teak, which was bug- and humidity-resistant. For Pierre Jeanneret, the Chandigarh project was the pinnacle of his work as an architect and designer. The project affected him profoundly; he remained in Chandigarh after the city’s construction was complete, rarely returning to Europe.
When Chandigarh begun to deteriorate, nobody knew what to do with the remaining furniture and much of it was destroyed as people had no interest in the furniture. Pieces like this are therefore very rare and because of their historic value, much sought-after.
This chair remains in very good vintage condition, it has wear consistent with age and use and preserves a beautiful vintage patina that truly compliments this iconic piece.
Pierre Jeanneret (22 March 1896 – 4 December 1967) was a Swiss architect who collaborated with Le Corbusier for about twenty years. In 1922, the Jeanneret cousins set up an architectural practice together. They designed many buildings, including a number of villas and vacation houses, and renovated existing buildings as well. Their working relationship ended when Pierre joined the French Resistance and Le Corbusier did not. However, they collaborated once again after the War, on the plan and architecture for the city of Chandigarh in India as mentioned above.