Cassina celebrates the creations of Pierre Jeanneret with a new collection – Robb Report
Since the 1950s, Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret’s teak and wood furniture has been used by aesthetes and interior designers to bring both comfort and elegance to a living space. Today, to celebrate Jeanneret’s work, Italian design firm Cassina offers a modern range of some of its legendary classics.
The collection, called Hommage à Pierre Jeanneret, includes seven new furnishing items. Five of them, from a desk chair to a minimalist table, are named after the Capitol Complex building in Chardigarh, India, which is best known as the brainchild of modernist architect Le Corbusier. Jeanneret was his younger cousin and collaborator, and the Franco-Swiss architect asked him to design the furniture. His classic Capitol Complex chairs were one of several of his designs that were produced by the thousands for the city.
Cassina’s new collection also includes a “civil bench” which is inspired by a version that Jeanneret created to furnish the houses of the city’s Legislative Assembly, as well as its own “kangaroo chair” which reproduces its famous seat. Z-shaped. Fans will notice the designer’s signature inverted “V” structures and cross horn shapes in the line’s table and chairs. All models are made of Burmese teak or solid oak.
For many, the use of Viennese cane in the seat backs will be the greatest expression of Jeanneret’s aesthetic. Woven craftsmanship is usually done by hand and has been used in the design of wicker furniture, in places like Vienna, since the 1800s. Cassina’s designs are made in her carpentry workshop in Meda, in the region northern Italy, Lombardy.
According to Architectural Digest, “As people gravitated towards more contemporary designs, discarded Jeanneret chairs were piling up across town…” They also claim that many were sold as scrap at local auctions. Decades later, dealers such as Eric Touchaleaume of Galerie 54 and François Laffanour of Galerie Downtown purchased some of the city’s “abandoned treasures” and showcased their restored finds at Design Miami in 2017. Since then , Jeanneret’s designs have risen in value and piqued the interest of a fashion-savvy celebrity clientele, like Kourtney Kardashian, who reportedly owns at least 12 of her chairs. “It’s so simple, so minimal, so strong,” French talent Joseph Dirand told AD. “Put one in a room and it becomes a sculpture.”
Jeanneret’s cult has seen other brands want to bask in its glory: French fashion house Berluti launched a rare collection of its furniture in 2019 that had been upholstered in vibrant, hand-patinated leather, giving them given a Louvre-ready appearance. To discover the Tribute to Pierre Jeanneret collection, visit Cassina.com.