Key facts

Product:
051 Capitol Complex Office Chair
Family:
Capitol Complex Collection - Hommage à Pierre Jeanneret
Manufacturer:
Cassina >
Order number:
051
Architonic ID:
20058274
Country:
Italy
Launched:
2019
Manufacturer groups :
Seating-Chairs >
Groups:
Seating-Chairs >

Product description

This chair is one of the most recognisable in Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex, found throughout the offices of the Secretariat.
The independent pieces, including the side bars in an inverted “V” supporting the armrests, are all made of solid wood.
The woven backrest and seat, stretched across a wooden frame, are elements common in the area, much like the use of local woods like teak.
Similar to the better-known office chair, this armless chair also uses the “V” approach to sidebars, in this case shorter as they do not extend to the arms.
Importance, instead, is given to the seating/ backrest sequence in Viennese woven cane, connected with an immense geometric section supported by two wooden profiles, and coplanar legs, that together, are simple and yet, powerful at the same time. Cassina’s reissue offers the classic version in teak, and two versions in natural and stained black oak.

Product family

Concept

Included in Unesco’s 2016 Cultural Heritage list, the extraordinary architecture of Le Corbusier’s Capitol Complex, designed in Chandigarh in 1951, has received accolades for its celebration of an independent nation open to modernity.

The Haute Cour, along with the Secretariat and the Assemblée wing, make up the core of Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex.

The rooms were filled with overstuffed armchairs, all exhibiting the same “V” support structure theme. The only exposed wooden parts are the rests, connecting crossbars, and the external joints between the arms and the backrest.
The armrests’ padding almost completely envelops them, creating the outline of a rounded, geometric shape, that along with the distinct seat and back cushioning, offer an immediate sense of comfort without abandoning their elegance and simplicity.

Cassina’s reissue offers the classic version in teak, and two versions in natural and stained black oak.

Photo credits: De Pasquale + Maffini