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A BRIEF HISTORY OF PIERRE JEANNERET'S BELOVED CHANDIGARH CHAIR

Everyone loves a comeback kid, especially in design. Now a staple in the most chic projects across the globe - in Parisian apartments by Joseph Dirand, sophisticated New York spaces by Alissa Kapito, and even a frequent guest on Kourtney Kardashian's Instagram.


A Swiss architect, Jeanneret's impetus for designing the Chandigarh Chair in the 1950s was simple - to fill the need for functional, durable seats that could be made in mass. So began the production in the thousands in Chandigarh, India, the utopian city created by his cousin Le Corbusier.


The design's sturdy V-shaped legs and strong arms, made from humidity and bug resistant Burma teak and cane by local artisans, survived their decline in popularity the following decades.


Rescued by tastemakers on trips to India at flea markets and auctions over the past decade, refurbished chairs- and now replicas- are in vogue once again.


It's easy to see why: the chairs are minimal, sophisticated, timeless. And I'm a sucker for rattan.


Until we can afford originals (click to shop),




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