This range of “upside down V” legs include a very extensive range of armchairs, chairs, low chauffeuses, sofas, couches, stools, benches, small desks, and storage cabinets.
This particular preference for “upside down V” bases, or “compass” legs that he shared with Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand, stems from the gantry carriers of lightweight constructions made for the SCAL in Issoire, developed by the group in 1939 -1941.
Prior to his journey to India, he developed in 1946 for the Bureau Central du Bâtiment and for Knoll USA, an elegant low chauffeuse, known as the “Scissor chair” which had this kind of base.
“Office cane chair”. Present at P.U. and in numerous Chandigarh administrative buildings (ref. PJ-SI-28-A)
© Photo C. Baraja – E. Touchaleaume. Archives Galerie 54, Paris.