An Appreciation of Pierre JeanneretKalle Gustafsson’s collection of Pierre Jeanneret’s furniture brings the designer out of the shadow of his famous collaborator, Le Corbusier.

An Appreciation of Pierre JeanneretKalle Gustafsson’s collection of Pierre Jeanneret’s furniture brings the designer out of the shadow of his famous collaborator, Le Corbusier.

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"He was in the shadow of his cousin all the time. It was hard for him to get his name out there."

What draws you to the work of Pierre Jeanneret of all the 20th-century furniture designers?

I’ve always been especially interested in design from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, and when I saw Jeanneret’s designs for the first time, I was totally hooked. My love for his work keeps growing. I’ve had his furniture for some time now, so I see it every day if I’m not traveling, and I haven’t tired of it yet. The design is remarkable. But I guess it’s different from person to person: Some people will look at this furniture and say it’s just wooden pieces.

Can you trace an Indian influence on Jeanneret’s work?

When Jeanneret was assigned to design furniture for Chandigarh with his cousin [architect Le Corbusier], he wanted to employ a technique that was in use in India at that ...

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