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Kanga­roo Chair

c. 1956/2020

by Pierre Jeanneret
for Cassina

Kanga­roo Chair

by Pierre Jeanneret
for  Cassina

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Cassina contin­ues its study of the furni­ture of the city of Chandi­garh with the addi­tion the Kanga­roo chair designed by Pierre Jean­neret. This low armchair, made for the city’s General Hospi­tal Hall but also present in many private houses, is char­ac­terised by the Z” shape of its sides, made up of a sequence of three vaguely trian­gu­lar copla­nar elements placed in conti­nu­ity. The seat and back­rest feature typical weaving inside the wooden frame, for which, in addi­tion to the historic teak version, the Cassina Research and Devel­op­ment Centre offers two further vari­ants, in natural oak and stained black oak, produced in the company’s historic carpen­try work­shop. An optional cushion is 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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