The origin of Indian cane furniture can be traced back to as early as the 2nd century AD. Cane was later imported to Europe by the East India Company, and cane furniture became fashionable in England and the Netherlands toward the end of the 17th century.
The Capitol Complex Dining Arm Chair by Pierre Jeanneret is a reissue of the most recognizable chair found throughout the offices of the Secretariat Building at the Chandigarh Capitol Complex designed by architect Le Corbusier in 1951.
A Unesco World Heritage Site in India, the Chandigarh Capitol Complex has received accolades for its celebration of an independent nation open to modernity. Chandigarh was one of India’s first planned cities and was Le Corbusier’s largest project. Its three buildings—the Palace of Assembly, the Secretariat Building, and the High Court—make up the core of the master complex.
The independent pieces of the Capitol Complex Dining Arm Chair, including the side bars in an inverted “V” supporting the armrests, are all made of solid wood. Along with the teak frame, the woven cane backrest and seat, are common elements in this area of India.
Cassina’s reissue offers the classic version in teak and two versions in natural and stained black oak.
With the instinct to foretell today what will become a classic tomorrow, Cassina has been designing the future of interiors for over 90 years. Founded by brothers Cesare and Umberto Cassina in 1927, the company is credited with launching industrial design in post-war Italy.