Where should you get your Pierre Jeanneret furniture?
The Chandigarh or “Pierre Jeanneret” designs have taken the interior design world by storm over the last couple of years.
The Chandigarh furniture blueprints were first drawn by Pierre Jeanneret in 1950, when he was assigned to various project related to the Chandigarh masterplan, alongside his cousin, Le Corbusier.
The blueprints were then handed over to various production studios and craftsman in the Punjab region of North India, which started to produce these on commission for various public and government buildings.
Today, the Chandigarh furniture pieces are still being produced by multiple studios, and the differences in quality, materials, and design are quite distinct.
This is why we’ve decided to look into the different companies offering the Chandigarh furniture pieces, check the production quality and design, and share our discoveries with you.
How did we compare the different productions?
We rated each production based on the following criteria:
- Production quality
- Design authenticity (Factors: Machine or handmade? / Wood finishes / Quality of the wood / Machine or hand canned? / Overall design)
- Brand communication
Our ratings, at a glance:
Dimo Chair 9.5/10
France and Son 3/10
Dimo Chair wins a well-merited first place in our list.
Dimo Chair is both the oldest and most authentic brand that operates today; each piece is entirely handmade by an 85-year-old carpenter that worked alongside Pierre Jeanneret during the Chandigarh masterplan in the 1950s.
The team was accommodating with sending us images of their production studio and carpenter and explaining to us in detail about the production techniques and the Chandigarh masterplan.
We went to see the pieces at the Andreas Murkdudis showroom in Berlin, Germany, which were astonishing, the only downside to the Dimo Chair collection is the two month lead time, however, since their focus is on custom, entirely handmade piece, it is understandable.
We also learned that Dimo Chair has been working on custom pieces with some of the greatest architects and interior designers today. The Dimo Chair pieces can be found in many well-known projects; we’ll list a few here: Roksanda Ilincic apartment in London, several of the projects by Joseph Dirand, Custom pieces for a project in Melbourne by the Zaha Hadid Architect group, a custom project for the Louis Vuitton stores in Prague and Paris, a project by Vincent Van Duysen, a project managed by Kelly Hoppen Interiors, and more.
Srelle was our favorite brand to review; with the fastest response times, and a great set of available resources introducing their brand and collection.
From our list, this collection features the most authentic, “immediately available,” and most accessible Chandigarh furniture pieces.
The collection is based on some of the most iconic 1950’s pieces that were assigned to the government buildings of Chandigarh and are produced using identical materials and techniques.
We saw the Srelle collection at The Design Part location while in Berlin and where amazed by the production quality, canning, and wood finish of the pieces.
The Cassina Capitol collection has been a hard one to measure and has resulted in quite a few debates.
We went to see the pieces in their showroom on the Avenue Louise in Brussels, at first glance, we were quite disappointed by the overall design: The wood is machine-cut, and the cane is pressed on the wooden frame, which means that the entire production has been machine-made.
However, the overall production was of high quality and might fit better with the Cassina brand, even though the production technique and design do not conform to the early 1950’s Chandigarh designs.
France and Son 3/10
The France and Son team was very helpful in providing us with information and resources on their collection.
Unfortunately, the production quality and design authenticity are left to be desired, and we hesitated to include the France and Son collection in this list since it’s hard to label it as Chandigarh or “Pierre Jeanneret” furniture.
We learned from the FAS team that the pieces are mass-produced in China, using Acacia wood and matching-pressed cane.
The design also doesn’t conform to either the earlier or more recent Chandigarh designs.