César Jannello "W” chair 1947–1955

  • MoMA, Floor 3, 3 North The Philip Johnson Galleries

Jannello first crafted the “W” chair in 1944 for use at the construction site of Casa sobre el arroyo in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Originally braced by three legs, it was later adapted into a more rigid, four-legged version for added stability and ergonomic support. The chair’s organic form and structural integrity eschew traditional anchors, relying on the elasticity of steel. Like the B.K.F. and the Tripolina before it, the “W” chair features a curved leg design. It gained prominence when it was used to furnish Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier’s Maison Curutchet in La Plata, Argentina, in 1953.

Gallery label from Crafting Modernity: Design in Latin America, 1940–1980, March 08, 2024 – September 22, 2024
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Jannello diseñó por primera vez la silla “W” en 1944 para usarla en el sitio de construcción de la Casa sobre el arroyo en Mar del Plata, Argentina. Originalmente sostenido por tres patas, más tarde se adaptó a una versión más rígida de cuatro patas para mayor estabilidad y soporte ergonómico. La forma orgánica y la integridad estructural de la silla evitan los anclajes tradicionales, confiando en la elasticidad del acero. Al igual que la B.K.F. y la Tripolina previa, la silla “W” presenta un diseño de patas curvas. Ganó prominencia cuando se usó para amueblar la Maison Curutchet del arquitecto suizo-francés Le Corbusier en La Plata, Argentina, en 1953.

Gallery label from Crafting Modernity: Design in Latin America, 1940–1980 (en español), March 08, 2024 – September 22, 2024
Medium
Jequitiba wood and steel
Dimensions
33 1/16 × 14 15/16 × 15 15/16 (84 × 38 × 40.5)
Credit
Gift of Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown
Object number
46.2024
Department
Architecture and Design
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