Timeless Good Design
Black-and-white exhibition installation view showing a living room display, including two Jeanneret chairs, a sofa, and a coffee table. 1947
The collection
Lounge chair in profile view. Simple wooden frame with seat and back cushions covered in brown leather. The angled legs attach to the base at a single point, resembling a boomerang on each side of the chair.
Designed by
Pierre Jeanneret (1896–1967)
Birch, leather
Produced by
Knoll Associates, New York, New York
76.9 x 58.9 x 78.2 cm

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Liliane and David M. Stewart Collection, D86.246.1

A native of Switzerland, Jeanneret studied architecture in Geneva before he moved to Paris in 1920. From 1922 onward, he worked in the office of his cousin Charles Edouard Jeanneret (the famous architect known as Le Corbusier). The cousins collaborated on several buildings—their Villa Savoye near Paris was one of the landmark modernist buildings included in MoMA’s Modern Architecture exhibition of 1932—and on furniture designs, but this lounge chair is by Pierre alone.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, photo: Denis Farley. © Estate of Pierre Jeanneret / SOCAN (2019).