When I preview an estate property, I often see artworks or furnishings that grab my attention. However, taken up with the “big picture” of the home’s design and features, I rarely have a chance to inquire about the items that caught my eye.
It’s fun to explore the pedigree–humble or distinguished–of a single item. Architectural Digest does just that when it explains the origin of the Chandigarh chair designed by Pierre Jeanneret. Mass-produced for the experimental city of Chandigarh, India, the teak-and-cane chairs were much used, but eventually cast aside in favor of newer models.
Built to last, even the discarded chairs had plenty of life left in them and over the years they’ve found their way from junkyards and storerooms to high-end marketplace. These days, the Chandigarhs, as they’re known, can be found from Bills Bondi restaurant in Sydney, Australia, to a holiday retreat in South Africa, to the home of Kourtney Kardashian, who apparently holds a cache of at least a dozen.