César Janello - Design New York Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Joel and Jacqueline Basle, Paris

  • Literature

    Alejandro Lapunzina, Le Corbusier's Maison Curutchet, New York, 1997, p. 105
    Wustavo Quirozo, "Historia de la silla W," Mapa del Diseño, May-July, 2013, pp. 23, 25-26, 29, 31

  • Catalogue Essay

    César Janello sketched the first versions of his iron-frame “W” Chair after seeing the BKF butterfly chair in 1944. In 1951, pictures of the “W” Chair were published in the Argentinian art magazine, Nueva Vision, bringing the design to a huge market. The “W” Chair is now Janello’s most recognizable work because it was used by Le Corbusier in his design for the private home of the surgeon Dr. Pedro Domingo Curutchet in La Plata, Argentina in 1953. The construction of Maison Curutchet, Le Corbusier’s only South American project, was supervised by Amancio Williams, an Argentine architect who helped to promote Janello’s furniture throughout the 1940s and 1950s.


Early “W” chair

circa 1947
Jequitiba, steel.
32.75 x 15.25 x 19.75 in. (83.2 x 38.7 x 50.2 cm)
Produced by AA, France.

$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $5,000

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New York Auction 12 December 2017