The Pedigree of a Chair

Source: www.architecturaldigest.com

Source: www.architecturaldigest.com

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.

Source: www.architecturaldigest.com

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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.

You can read the Architectural Digest article and, for a little more back story, have a look at this 2008 article in The New York Times.

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Source: www.architecturaldigest.com