Pierre Jeanneret, Set of 6 chairs, "Office chair", circa 1955, estimation : 25 000 - 30 000 euros. Photo: Aguttes. Pierre Jeanneret, Set of 6 chairs, "Office chair", circa 1955, estimation : 25 000 - 30 000 euros. Photo: Aguttes.

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret assumed the pseudonym “Le Corbusier” in the 1920’s. The architect was a vital part of the magazine L'Esprit Nouveau, a publication that defined the meaning of the new and aspiring avant-garde movement. It was during this decade that he began to work on the concept of "Unité d'habitation", the modernist housing design principle, for which Le Corbusier is perhaps most famous for. The arrival of his cousin Pierre Jeanneret in Paris in 1922 marked the beginning of a professional working relationship between them. Together, the cousins opened a studio at Rue de Sèvres, which became an extraordinary architectural workshop of remarkable projects and creations.

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Pierre Jeanneret, a table in teak. Estimated between 15 000 -20 000 euro. Photo: Aguttes. Pierre Jeanneret, a table in teak. Estimated between 15 000 -20 000 euro. Photo: Aguttes.

The duo became In 1927 when Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret hired Charlotte Perriand to work as an assistant. Perriand was given the responsibility of “the houses’ equipment”, and proved herself to be both a skilled and imaginative designer. Soon, Perriand became an irreplaceable part of the company at which she stayed for over ten years. Many creations have emerged from this successful cooperation, such as the design classics LC4 Chaise Longue, and the LC 10-P Sideboard.

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Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier, and Pierre Jeanneret, Photo: via Wikipedia. Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier, and Pierre Jeanneret, Photo: via Wikipedia.

The sideboard table, being one of the highlights of the sale, was designed by Perriand around 1958 while she was located in the city Casando in Mauritania. The piece was inspired by a trip Perriand made to Japan between 1940 and 1942. The visit to Japan made a permanent mark on Perriand’s life, inspiring the architect’s practice and future creations. Made from oak veneer, formica, and metal, this tricolor table consists of four drawers on the left side and two sliding doors on the right. This beautiful model is estimated between 5,000 and 7,000 euros at Aguttes.

Charlotte Perriand, Sideboard, 1958. Photo: Aguttes. Charlotte Perriand, Sideboard, 1958. Photo: Aguttes.

Another highlight from the selection is an armchair designed by Le Corbusier. The rare fireside armchair is made from teak, rattan marrow, and cotton canvas, and presents an estimate of 30,000 to 50,000 euros. The model was designed around 1956 in Chandigarh, India. The Chandigarh adventure was a turning point in both the lives and careers of the Jeanneret cousins. Several trips were made by the two of them, as they redesigned the entire city at the request of the Indian prime minister. For Chandigarh, they created functional furniture such as chairs and desks, and the X, U and Y design of the chairs’ legs and apron is a characteristic feature of this crucial design period.

Le Corbusier, rare teak fireside chair, circa 1956. Photo: Aguttes. Le Corbusier, rare teak fireside chair, circa 1956. Photo: Aguttes.

Another piece created for the city of Chandigarh is an armchair designed by Pierre Jeanneret circa 1953. From an economic and ecological concern, the chairs executed during the Indian mission required regional materials, which is why the chairs are made from bamboo, rope and cotton canvas. The chairs were of light and accessible materials and their construction were straightforward so that local manpower could reproduce them easily, meeting the needs and living conditions of the local residents. These armchairs would in later years become a Pierre Jeanneret trademark. This remarkable model will be up for bidding at Aguttes starting at 45,000 euros.

Pierre Jeanneret, rare bamboo chair, circa 1953. Photo: Aguttes. Pierre Jeanneret, rare bamboo chair, circa 1953. Photo: Aguttes.

A pair of so-called Advocates or Press Chairs is another example of furniture made at the request of the Indian State. While some pieces for Chandigarh are attributed to either Le Corbusier or Pierre Jeanneret, the Press Chair bear both signatures and are the result of a collaboration. The pair is dated 1955 and has an estimate between 15,000 and 20,000 euros.

Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, "Advocates", circa 1955. Photo: Aguttes. Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, "Advocates", circa 1955. Photo: Aguttes.

A terrific plywood and oak storage cabinet will enter the stage with a starting price of 4,000 euros. It was designed by Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand in 1952 and originates from one of Le Corbusier’s housing projects, Cité Radieuse in the French city of Marseille. Cité Radieuse is the most famous of all of Le Corbusier’s housing projects, and today, the building is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. The cabinet resembles the design of Cité Radieuse, whose long structure is composed of “boxed” of varying proportions.

Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, cabinet, 1952. Photo: Aguttes. Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, cabinet, 1952. Photo: Aguttes.

Cité Radieuse. Photo via Wikipedia. Cité Radieuse. Photo via Wikipedia.

The wall lamp LC III is also signed Le Corbusier and dates back to 1953. The lamp is crafted in red metal and has been featured in multiple publications such as ”Le Corbusier, L’Unité d’Habitation de Marseille” from 1992. The LC III at Aguttes is estimated between 8000 and 10 000 euros.

"LC III", 1953. Photo: Aguttes. "LC III", 1953. Photo: Aguttes.

Although their collaboration only lasted for ten years, the three architects’ combined contribution to the world of design was immensely significant, with progressive and groundbreaking ideas, their careers and creations have achieved global recognition.

“Design” at Aguttes will take place on May 7th, and will feature exceptional works by the remarkable trio of Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and Charlotte Perriand among many others.

You can find more information about “Design” and the complete catalog here.

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