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Pierre Jeanneret – A renowned designer and architect

Pierre Jeanneret – A renowned designer and architect

Pierre Jeanneret, a renowned designer and architect, was widely admired for his artistic vision and knowledge of modernism. His departure from traditional design forms to innovative styles that were simple and functional truly reflected the spirit of his time.

Born in Switzerland in 1896, Pierre studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Geneva before moving to Paris, where he partnered with his cousin Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris, also known as Le Corbusier. In 1922, the pair opened a studio, and by 1927, Pierre and Corbusier were among the fifteen architects who played pivotal roles in the Weissenhof Estate exhibition.

Sadly, a rift emerged between the pair shortly after. It wasn't until 1950 that they reunited when Corbusier was commissioned to create a plan for Chandigarh, the new capital of the Punjab state, following India's independence.

Assuming the senior architect position, Pierre became instrumental in shaping the city's vision. In addition, he designed classic and timeless furniture for the complex, with the Chandigarh Chair serving as a notable item of the collection. The chair's aesthetic embodies Pierre's love for architectural details and symmetrical lines.

(Credit, Athena Calderone, Eyeswoon)

The Chandigarh Chair draws inspiration from India and infuses local materials and production techniques. Its seat features horizontal slats arranged to create a structurally sound and comfortable surface. The craftsmanship and beauty of the sturdy teak wood assembled by the chair's V-shaped legs make an intriguing dialogue that celebrates the allure of Pierre's approach to design.

The chair's refined sensibilities are an inspiration for the design identity of Loop and Twist's Pierre collection. Punctuated with artful interpretations of the original, each piece is carved from solid beechwood, featuring soft, durable fabrics and a hand-woven cane backrest that alludes to modern technology. The range carries luxury assets that can liven up any environment, from trendy Airbnb homes to smaller spaces.