Switzerland/France (1896-1967)

Pierre Jeanneret studied architecture in Geneva. In 1920, he settled in Paris, where he first worked in architecture office of the Perret brothers. In 1922, Jeanneret began working as an architect in the office of Le Corbusier. Pierre Jeanneret collaborated with Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand on seminal furniture designs, although his specific contribution is not known. In 1923 he met Purist painter Amédée Ozenfant, who had a strong influence on Jeanneret’s own painting. In 1930, became a member of UAM (Union des Artistes Modernes). He designed the patented Scissor Chair of c.1947 produced by Knoll and other furniture of his own. Pierre Jeanneret introduced as the No. 92, the Scissors chair was constructed of birchwood with a chromium-plated steel bolt, and had foam rubber cushions upholstered in a linen-and-jute fabric. After Wolrld-War II, Pierre Jeanneret pursued experiments with prefabrication and collaborated with Jean Prouvé on prefabricated housing and with Georges Blanchon on the town planning of Puteaux (France). From 1952, Jeanneret assisted Le Corbusier on the government buildings of Chandigarh (India). Pierre Jeanneret designed a number of public buildings, although his name was and remains in the shadow of Le Corbusier.