Louis Midavaine (1888 – 1978) French accessories and furniture designer

Coffee table with a rectangular top with pheasant wings decoration designed by Louis Misavaine
Coffee table with a rectangular top with pheasant wings decoration designed by Louis Misavaine

Louis Midavaine (1888 – 1978) was a French accessories and furniture designer. He was born in Roubaix.

Education

He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Roubaix.

Biography

Before World War I, he worked for the family painting and decoration firm in the village of Grièvement. Injured and taken prisoner in Germany, he was introduced to the techniques of lacquer by the brother of his nurse.

After the war, he moved to Issy-les-Moulineaux, where he decorated objects in lacquer that was sold to benefit the Red Cross, whose director, the Duchesse de La Rochefoucauld, established Midavaine in a studio in Paris in 1917.

A three-leaf articulated lacquered wood and lacquer torn with decoration of a Bengal tiger leaping from an overturned coconut palm. Designed by Louis Midavaine
A three-leaf articulated lacquered wood and lacquer torn with decoration of a Bengal tiger leaping from an overturned coconut palm. Designed by Louis Midavaine
Five-leaf screen mounted on hinges in lacquered wood designed by Louis Midavaine
Five-leaf screen mounted on hinges in lacquered wood designed by Louis Midavaine

He designed numerous Modern lacquer pieces that were principally in the form of animals. He participated in the decoration of oceanliners including the Pasteur and the 1935 Normandie and, in 1950, decorated the residence in the Cote d’Azur of Bao-Daï, emperor of Annam (Vietnam).

After World War II, he decorated private residences as well as state interiors, including the dining room of the French President of the Senate.

Chinese style floor lamp with a metallic structure with a circular base. Designed by Louis Midavaine
Chinese style floor lamp with a metallic structure with a circular base. Designed by Louis Midavaine

Recognition

He showed his work at all the Salons of the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts.

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

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