Pierre Jeanneret Switzerland, 1896-1967
Pierre Jeanneret (b. 1896, Geneva, Switzerland; d. 1967; Geneva Switzerland) was a Swiss furniture designer and architect. Jeanneret grew up in Geneva with his cousin, Édouard Jeanneret, better known as the esteemed architect Le Corbusier. The two opened an architectural practice together in 1922, which was known as the Le Corbusier-Pierre Jeanneret Studio. From 1927 until 1937 they worked with Charlotte Perriand, who would join them in the founding of the Union of Modern Artists in 1929. That same year, the three architects debuted a series of modern furniture at the Paris Salon d’Automne. Jeanneret’s aesthetic championed functionality above embellishment, using wood and cane to create clean, modern, geometric structures. Jeanneret’s designs can be found in worldwide private collections, as well as major cultural institutions like the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York and Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, among others.