ISSUE 10  |  Kitchen Composition

Trend Alert: Pierre Jeanneret’s Modern Classic Caned Teak Chair

March 12, 2014 3:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

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If money were no object I would live surrounded by French modern classics by Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier, and Pierre Jeanneret. From Jeanneret (Swiss architect and cousin of Le Corbu), I would opt for the V-Type Armchair, recognizable by its angular teak frame and caned seat and back. It’s a midcentury icon that hasn’t been reissued–and yet Jeanneret’s design is more ubiquitous than you might expect. Here are five examples spotted of late in the houses of notable architects and designers.

N.B.: For those on the hunt, the V-Type can be sourced on 1st Dibs and eBay for a price; West Elm’s Slope Leg Dining Chair evokes the design’s rakish legs.

Above: Pierre Jeanneret’s armchair looks very much at home in the spacioius living room of Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen (the tables are Van Duysen’s own design). Photographed by David Spero for T Magazine.

Above: A pair of armchairs flank an island in a dramatic kitchen in St. Germain des Pres, Paris, designed by Joseph Dirand, via 11 Kitchen Islands Gone Glamorous.

Above: Jeanneret’s chairs dress up a rustic-modern kitchen in a converted stable in the UK by architect David Kohn. To recreate the look, visit Steal This Look: An English Kitchen with a Rustic-Modern Edge.

Above: Belgian architect Nicholas Schuybroek has an ebonized version of the V-Type in his living room and teak V-Types around his dining table; photo via Coffeeklatch.

Above: Two of Jeanneret’s caned Folding Armless Easy Chairs in the S House in Cap d’Antibes, Côte d’Azur, designed by Nicholas Schuybroek.

Above: A set of ebonized armchairs surround the dining table in a flat designed by Rose Tarlow and Richard Meier, seen on Meta Interiors.

Above: A pair of armchairs featured in Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt’s book, Axel Vervoordt: Living with Light.

What’s next in the world of interiors trends? Shiro Kuramata’s Must-Have Vase of the Design Cognoscenti, Your Grandmother’s Cut Crystal, Geometric Wood Floors, and Ugly Marble in the Bath. And on Gardenista, see Trend Alert: Black Fences.