Pierre Jeanneret (1896-1967) is recognised as a pivotal figure in modernism. His collaborations with his cousin Le Corbusier are especially significant, particularly their codification of modernist architectural principles in Five Points Towards a New Architecture (1926). Towards the end of their careers the pair also designed a utopian modernist city in India – Chandigarh, and Jeanneret designed some of his most celebrated furniture designs for the administrative buildings in the city.
One example is the PJ-SI-25-A desk chair, which has subsequently become an iconic and coveted exemplar of Jeanneret’s talent. It strongly evokes the designer’s persistent form-follows-function ideology, but the chair’s identity also manages to be original, lucid and elegant, with assured interplays of geometry and balanced forms.
Eric Touchaleaume & Gérald Moreau, Le Corbusier – Pierre Jeanneret, The Indian Adventure, Paris, 2010, pp. 357 et 561
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