Pierre Jeanneret Model CH030214 Steno’s Desk Chandigarh, circa 1955

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Material Teak
Style Mid-Century
Period 1950 to 1959
Dimensions H 71.76 cm x W 92.71 cm x D 62.23 cm
Product Code ‌SA00001

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Pierre Jeanneret Model: CH030214 Steno’s Desk Chandigarh, circa 1955. Magnificent rare mid twentieth century Pierre Jeanneret Model: CH030214 Steno’s desk in solid teak & teak veneer Chandigarh, India circa 1955, the rectangular heavily patinated top in thick teak veneer, with original white painted identification markings which appear to read VCH.120-C to the right side of the surround, the desk frame made of a solid teak featuring double “X” side leg assembly connected by a broad cross stretcher supporting a left sided desk box with a pull out drawer, the drawer pull in the form of a round finger hole with an aluminium back plate, a signature feature of Pierre Jeanneret’s Chandigarh work, this desk is offered in wonderful original condition and features knocks, marks and scratches, wonderful teak patina, reserve now. Provenance: Administrative buildings in Chandigarh, sector 1. Background: Born in Geneva in 1896, Swiss painter, architect, and designer Pierre Jeanneret studied architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts. After graduating in 1921, he worked in the Parisian architectural office of the Perret brothers, pioneers in the use of reinforced concrete. By 1923, he had set up an architectural practice in Paris with his cousin, Le Corbusier (1887-1965). The two worked side-by-side throughout their prolific careers, and Jeanneret's contribution to the partnership has become increasingly recognized. Their pivotal, 1926 manifesto, Five Points Towards a New Architecture, is considered to be a pillar of modernist thought and the intellectual foundation of their legendary work. Both architects were members of the Union des Artistes Modernes (UAM). Around the years of World War II, the partnership between Jeanneret and his cousin was interrupted; Jeanneret joined the French resistance, while Le Corbusier did not. Between 1927 to 1940, Jeanneret and Le Corbusier collaborated with French designer Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999). Together the group created a number of now-iconic furniture designs, which were characterised by minimalist, geometric forms fabricated in industrial materials like tubular steel. Important designs that emerged from this collaboration include the LC4 Chaise Lounge (1928) and the Fauteuil Grand Confort seating collection (1928). Both designs were put into production by Thonet in 1930 and by Cassina in 1965. After World War II, Jeanneret and Perriand teamed up with French designer Jean Prouve to develop pre-fab housing concepts, including the town planning of Puteaux, France. One of Jeanneret’s most enduring solo works is his Scissor Chair, which was designed in 1947 and manufactured by Knoll between 1948 and 1966. It features a simple, maple wood structure hinged together by circular brass struts and topped with two upholstered cushions. In 1950, Le Corbusier suggested reforming their partnership to execute the master plan for Chandigarh, the capital of the Indian state of Punjab. Jeanneret lived on location and presided over the project. He assimilated the Indian building tradition with the architectural and technical solutions he formulated with his cousin. He stayed in Chandigarh for fifteen years, and the city evolved into a landmark of modernist architecture. Many of Jeanneret's most sought-after furniture designs were created for office interiors in Chandigarh. Jeanneret died in Lausanne in 1967; in accordance with his wishes, his ashes were scattered on the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh, India. Summary: Pierre Jeanneret Le Corbusier Original Model: CH030214 Steno’s desk Teak, Chandigarh, circa 1955 Investment Rare Free UK delivery Condition: The desk has age related wear, knocks, marks and dents, the desk is in excellent original condition and has the original markings to the front of the desk. Dimensions desk: Width 36.5” / 92.5cm Depth 24.5” / 62cm Height 28.25” / 72cm Kneehole height 26.5” / 66.5cm Kneehole width 22.5” / 57.5cm.

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