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Civil Bench

c. 1956/2020

by Pierre Jeanneret
for Cassina

Civil Bench

by Pierre Jeanneret
for  Cassina

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Cassina contin­ues with its study of the furni­ture of the city of Chandi­garh and adds the Civil Bench to the Pierre Jean­neret Collec­tion; a collec­tion that stands out for its essen­tial forms and simple mate­ri­als, a balance between modern Euro­pean ideals and tradi­tional Indian spirit. The bench, produced between 1955 and 1956 for the lodg­ings and apart­ments of the members of the Indian city’s Legis­la­ture Assem­bly, consists of three consec­u­tive seat elements supported by a single frontal cross­bar and two side supports posi­tioned in the shape of an inverted V”. The seat has the typical Vienna straw weaving that recurs in all the Collec­tion, while the Cassina Research and Devel­op­ment Centre proposes two vari­ants for the wooden frame, in natural oak and stained black oak, in addi­tion to the historic teak version, that are produced in the company’s historic carpen­try work­shop. Optional cush­ions are avail­able for added protec­tion and comfort.

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Pierre Jeanneret

Switzerland (1896–1967)

Born in Geneva in 1896, Pierre Jeanneret was a forward-thinking modernist who spent much of his career working in collaboration with his cousin, Le Corbusier. Jeanneret is known for his architecture, urban planning, and furniture designs. After spending 1916-1918 in the Swiss Army and studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Geneva, he opened an architecture practice with Le Corbusier in 1922. Together they designed architectural spaces and furniture pieces for over 20 years. Their collaboration took a hiatus when Jeanneret joined the French Resistance and Le Corbusier did not. One of their largest collaboration pieces is urban planning and architecture for the city of Chandigarh, India. The highlight of which is his design of 14 different types of mass housing for the city. His furniture design pieces are minimalist in style, and his most noted is a chair that requires no fasteners.

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