I’m very interested in the life of houses. Everything is created from within, if you will—needs, gestures, a harmony, a euphoric arrangement, if possible, in relation to an environment...After all, we are a part of the universe.

Charlotte Perriand

The Collection of John M. Hall

John M. Hall was an architectural photographer for publications including New York Times Magazine, Elle Decor and Architectural Digest; he saw his work as "telling the story" of what architects built and his process was to "go from the overall to the the details," with a keen eye for the subtleties of line, form, light and shadow. Hall lived with art and design that reflected his refined sensibilities: simple, livable furniture by Eames, Knoll and Aalto, the clean lines and smooth surfaces of 1930s streamlined moderne lamps, china and glassware and minimalist works on paper by Robert Mangold and Richard Serra. Tucked into a small Manhattan apartment, Hall's collection shows the ease with which iconic 20th century designs were meant to be lived with.

John M. Hall photographed his apartment in the Flatiron district for an article highlighting
his collection in the June 1999 issue of House Beautiful

Hall grew up in North Carolina and studied architecture at North Carolina State University; he was also a ballet dancer and moved to New York in the mid-1970s to study at the American Ballet Theater School. In 1977, Hall relocated to Paris and worked as a model. It was during this time that he developed an interest in black and white photography. 

Thank God I missed post-modernism. I guess I'm just a classicist at heart. 
—John M. Hall

His structural, classical style was informed by photographers such as André Kertész and Walker Evans. Hall returned to New York in 1981 and began his career as an architectural photographer, with a particular interest in private gardens, Greek Revival and Biedermeier. He approached capturing these spaces as making "something that is more than just a document, [but] something that is visually exciting." 

The same is true of Hall's personal collection, with its attention to and exuberance for designs that are "clean and clear and simple as possible," while also still captivating. After Hall's passing in 2019, significant contributions from his collection were gifted to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery and his alma mater's Gregg Museum of Art and Design; the present selection of works celebrates Hall's sophisticated and gracious eye for design.

I'm not a design historian. I'm attracted to objects because I find them interesting and, yes, beautiful. And that's where this 20th-century sensibility started for me. There's just something so right about it.

John M. Hall

An Interview with John M. Hall

An interview with Hall from the 1980s shows him on location photographing a home and sharing his philosophies on design, architecture and photography.
 


Pierre Jeanneret 1896–1967

Arnold Andre Pierre Jeanneret-Gris was born in Geneva in 1896. As a child, Jeanneret had a natural talent for the arts. He began his formal training at the École des Beaux-Arts in Geneva, graduating in 1921. Jeanneret was close friends with his older cousin Le Corbusier (born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret), and in 1922 the two opened a design atelier in Paris where Jeanneret was an active writer for the landmark avant-garde publication L'Esprit Nouveau. Jeanneret and Le Corbusier collaborated on numerous projects including Villa Savoie, the Pavillon de L'Esprit Nouveau for the Exposition Internationale des Arts-Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, and the Cité de Refuge. In 1940 Jeanneret and Le Corbusier parted ways over differences brought on by the war.

Jeanneret started his own firm in Grenoble, where he worked with fellow designer Jean Prouvé to create new concepts for prefabricated housing. Le Corbusier and Jeanneret reconciled following the end of World War II and in 1947, they received a commission to design the entire city of Chandigarh, India. Jeanneret moved to Chandigarh, and provided on-the-ground supervision with the set-up and construction of the buildings for more than fifteen years. Jeanneret designed the Governor’s Palace, the State Library, and the City Hall, in addition to fabricating much of the furniture and interiors after Le Corbusier decided to abandon the project mid-way through its construction. Following the completion, Jeanneret stayed on in India as the head of the architectural department at the University of the Punjab. In his later years, Jeanneret was particularly interested in urban planning and the mechanical means of controlling the environment.

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Upcoming Lots Pierre Jeanneret

CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, PIERRE JEANNERET AND LE CORBUSIER, LC3 lounge chairs, set of four | wright20.com

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Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier

LC3 lounge chairs, set of four

estimate: $2,000–4,000

Auction Results Pierre Jeanneret

PIERRE JEANNERET, pair of lounge chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

pair of lounge chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $179,000
PIERRE JEANNERET, pair of lounge chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

pair of lounge chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $179,000
PIERRE JEANNERET, Committee armchairs from the High Court, Chandigarh, set of ten | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

Committee armchairs from the High Court, Chandigarh, set of ten

estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $137,000
PIERRE JEANNERET, Rare Periodical bibliotheque from Punjab University, Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

Rare Periodical bibliotheque from Punjab University, Chandigarh

estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $106,250
LE CORBUSIER AND PIERRE JEANNERET, pair of armchairs from the Salle de Tribunal, High Court, Chandigarh | wright20.com

Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret

pair of armchairs from the Salle de Tribunal, High Court, Chandigarh

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $104,500
PIERRE JEANNERET, pair of lounge chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

pair of lounge chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $100,000
LE CORBUSIER AND PIERRE JEANNERET, Important Committee conference table from Chandigarh | wright20.com

Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret

Important Committee conference table from Chandigarh

estimate: $80,000–100,000
result: $100,000
CHARLOTTE PERRIAND AND PIERRE JEANNERET, Bahut no. 2 | wright20.com

Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret

Bahut no. 2

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $93,750
PIERRE JEANNERET, sofa from Punjab University, Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

sofa from Punjab University, Chandigarh

estimate: $25,000–30,000
result: $88,900
PIERRE JEANNERET, Rare lounge chairs, pair | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

Rare lounge chairs, pair

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $87,500
PIERRE JEANNERET, lounge chairs from Chandigarh, pair | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

lounge chairs from Chandigarh, pair

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $81,250
LE CORBUSIER AND PIERRE JEANNERET, lounge chairs from Chandigarh, pair | wright20.com

Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret

lounge chairs from Chandigarh, pair

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $75,000
PIERRE JEANNERET, Upholstered dining chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh, set of ten | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

Upholstered dining chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh, set of ten

estimate: $25,000–30,000
result: $75,000
PIERRE JEANNERET, pair of lounge chairs from Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

pair of lounge chairs from Chandigarh

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $75,000
PIERRE JEANNERET, set of four armchairs from Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

set of four armchairs from Chandigarh

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $74,500
LE CORBUSIER AND PIERRE JEANNERET, pair of lounge chairs from the High Court, Chandigarh | wright20.com

Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret

pair of lounge chairs from the High Court, Chandigarh

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $74,500
PIERRE JEANNERET, Rare lounge chairs, pair | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

Rare lounge chairs, pair

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $68,750
PIERRE JEANNERET, set of four chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

set of four chairs from Punjab University, Chandigarh

estimate: $12,000–15,000
result: $68,500
PIERRE JEANNERET, cafeteria table and four chairs from Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

cafeteria table and four chairs from Chandigarh

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $65,000
PIERRE JEANNERET, sofa from Punjab University, Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

sofa from Punjab University, Chandigarh

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $65,000
PIERRE JEANNERET, lounge chair from Chandigarh, India | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

lounge chair from Chandigarh, India

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $62,500
PIERRE JEANNERET, sofa from the High Court, Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

sofa from the High Court, Chandigarh

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $60,000
PIERRE JEANNERET, sofa from Chandigarh | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

sofa from Chandigarh

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $60,000
PIERRE JEANNERET, pair of rare lounge chairs from the Yves Korbendau residence, Rabat | wright20.com

Pierre Jeanneret

pair of rare lounge chairs from the Yves Korbendau residence, Rabat

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $60,000