40+ French Designers in the applied and decorative arts

The following posts are a selection of French Designers that I have posted about over the last year. French design styles incorporate the new and the old. It is bold and sophisticated. It is attention to detail, whether a brooch, a clock, fabric, or glass.

The following designers offers an informative and interesting perspective on French design. The charm of French design is that it pervades all styles from traditional to modern and surprisingly it is diverse;

Serge Mouille

Serge Mouille (1922- 1988) French Lighting Designer

Serge Mouille was a French Lighting Designer; he was born and active in Paris. Mouille studied silversmithing, École des Artes AppliquĂ©s, Paris to 1941.Read More →

Clément Mére furniture

ClĂ©ment MĂšre (1861 – 1940) French painter, tabletier, designer and furniture maker

Clément MÚre was born in Bayonne and active in Paris. He was a French painter, table-builder, artist and furniture builder.

He studied painting with Jean-LĂ©on GĂ©rĂŽme at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.Read More →

Suzanne Belperron (1900 – 1983) French Jewellery Designer

Suzanne Belporren was a French jewellery designer. Her career flourished in the 1920s and 1930s. Belperron produced numerous designs of sculptured jewellery for RenĂ© Boivin’s Paris shop. She subsequently opened her own Paris shop called Herz-Belperron. Her designs often featured glass encrusted with gemstones.Read More →

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Philippe Starck (1949 – ) the artist-designer

Phillippe Starck is one of the most widely known artist‐designer ‘names’ in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Starck is one of France’s most fĂȘted designers who has worked across a wide range of media. His work epitomises the intersection of art and design, its often fanciful qualities attracting both critical approbation and criticism, particularly in such commissions as pasta for Panzani (1987). Read More →

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Raymond Loewy (1893 – 1986) – an American Designer

He arrived in the United States in 1929, just in time for the great depression. As it happened the beginning of the depression was a fortuitous time for a talented designer with new ideas to arrive in the United States. The old design aesthetic was disappearing with the collapsing economy. Manufacturers wanted to stimulate demand for their products by offering customers new designs, and Loewy had an abundance of them with the ego to match. His mother had always told him, “It is better to be envied than pitied.”Read More →

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Jacques Gruber (1870 – 1936) French Stained Glass artist and designer

Jacques Gruber (1870-1936) was a French stained-glass artist, designer, and teacher, born Sundhausen, Alsace. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, under Gustave Moreau. He was distinguished as a designer in the Art Nouveau idiom. Read More →

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Damon (1920s & 1930s) French lighting designer and firm

Damon was located at 4 avenue Pierre-I-de-Serbie in Paris during the 1920s and 1930s. It was well-known for its innovative use of glass in lighting fixtures, with white glass designs that provided a dazzling effect without glare.Read More →

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Paris and Art in 1950s – influence on design

Paris, newly liberated from the German occupation, sprung to life during the 1950s as a centre for all modes of artistic endeavour, most notably in fine art, literature, and music. Its association with romantic literary figures such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Roland Barthes made the city incredibly appealing to every serious-mindedRead More →

Hermine the 'Otter' created in bronze

Jan and Joel Martel (1896 – 1966) twin brothers and French sculptors

Jan and Joel Martel (1896 – 1966) were twin brothers and French sculptors. They were born in Nantes and active in Paris. Cement, glass, steel, mirrors, ceramics, lacquers, and synthetics were all used in their projects.Read More →

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Eric Anthony Bagge (1890 – 1970) French architect and designer

Eric Anthony Bagge (1890 – 1970) was a French architect and designer. He was born in the town of Antony, near Paris.Read More →

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French by Design (hardcover)

The timeless appeal of French-country style, a gracious mingling of sophistication and comfort, spans generations. After years of mainly echoing the furniture, fabrics, and accessories associated with the Provence region, the French country is often far away from the primitive images of the early seventeenth century. Read More →

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Charles Plumet (1861 – 1928) French architect, decorator and ceramicist

In the year 1861, Charles Plumet was born. As an architect, he built structures in the mediaeval and early French Renaissance styles. He worked on interiors and furniture designs in Art Nouveau styles with Tony Selmersheim (1871–1971). Between 1896 and 1901, Charles Plumet joined l’Art dans Tout (Art in Everything), an association of architects, painters, and sculptors who consciously attempted to renew decorative art, adopting styles ranging from adapted mediaeval to Art Nouveau. Read More →

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Armand Point (1861-1932) French Algerian painter, engraver and designer

Armand Point (1861-1932) was a Symbolist painter, engraver, and designer from France, one of the Salon de la Rose + Croix founding members.

Point’s first paintings were orientalist scenes of markets and musicians and scenes from his childhood in Algeria’s streets. In 1888, he moved to Paris to study under Auguste Herst and Fernand Cormon at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Read More →

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RenĂ© Kieffer (1875 -1964) – French Bookbinder

He was a gilder at the Chambolle-Duru bindery for ten years. In 1903, set up his workshop at 99 boulevard St-Germain, Paris. Later he moved to 41 rue St-Andre-des-Arts and finally, in 1910, to 18 rue Seguier. A disciple of Henri Marius ­Michel, his work shifted from classical forms to motifs in the Art Nouveau style.Read More →

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Robert Goosens (1927 – 2016) French jewellery designer

Monsieur Bijou was the moniker given to Robert Goosens, a French jeweller who lived from 1927 to 2016. He was born in Paris, France, the son of a metal foundry worker. He learned the techniques of casting, engraving, and embossing semi-precious and simulated stones into gold and silver metals during his apprenticeship in jewellery making. Read More →

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Masterpieces of French Jewelry

With more than 80 stunning photographs, Masterpieces of French Jewelry offers a fascinating look at the most remarkable pieces that found their way into prominent American collections. Like all art, this delightful array of jewelry mirrors the evolving culture of its time. Chapters in this book explore jewelry of the Victorian Era and the Art Nouveau period of the early twentieth century; Art Deco; 1940s retro; up through the 1960s and more contemporary styles.Read More →

Mauboussin Jewellery Company - Design Profile

Mauboussin – French Jewellry – Design Profile

Maubossin is a jewellery company in France. The original company was established in 1827 in Paris, on Rue Grenata, where it manufactured jewellery. Starting in 1903, M.B. Noury was the owner and nephew of Georges Maubossin, who had been the director of the company since 1877. Mauboussin succeeded Noury in 1923, changing the firm’s name to Maubossin. At the intersection of rue Saint-Augustin, rue de Choiseul, and rue Monsigny in Paris, at address 3 rue de Choseul, he bought two connecting houses.Read More →

Primerose Bordier (1929 – 1995) French textile designer

Primrose Bordier (1929 – 1995) was a French designer known for her colourful and innovative home textiles. She studied at the Atelier Charpentier in Paris.Read More →

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Lucien Falize (1838 – 1897) French goldsmith and jeweller

Lucien Falize (1838- 1897) was French goldsmith and jeweller. He was active in Paris and son of Alexis Falize, father of Andre Falize. When his father retired in 1876, Lucien assumed directorship of the family business. He attempted to expand the business by showing at 1878 Paris ‘Exposition Universelle’ and becoming partners with Germain Bapst. In 1892, the partnership was dissolved. Read More →

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Paul Poiret (1879 – 1944) French couturier

In the early decades of the 20th century, Paul Poiret was a crucial figure in the French fashion industry, notably by adding a deep oriental flavour and rich colours to contemporary clothing. Read More →

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Louis Rault (1847 – 1903) French sculptor, engraver and jewellery designer

Louis Rault (1847 – 1903) was a French Sculptor, engraver, silversmith and jewellery designer.Between 1868 and 1875, Rault worked in the Boucheron workshop on the Place VendĂŽme in Paris. At the end of the nineteenth century, he set up a workshop where he produced silver and jewellery in the Art Nouveau style.Read More →

The Chariot of Apollo by Odilon Redon 1905-16

Odilon Redon’s Classic paintings Capture Logic of Invisible

Odilon Redon, the artist who at the age 73 outsold all but Marcel Duchamp at the 1913 Armory Show of “Modern French Art” in New York City.Read More →

French Fabrics in the art deco style

French fabrics in the art deco style

Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann | “Sarrazin” Textile | The Metropolitan Museum of Art Ruhlmann used the same basic motif—a stylized Cedar of Lebanon tree set within an irregular circle—on this textile and related wallpaper (MMA 2005.334), though on the textile each motif is offset by an added circle of dots. The pattern was produced in alternateRead More →

Guillaume Saalburg glass staircase

Guillaume Saalburg French glassworker and engraver

Guillaume Saalburg was a French glassworker and engraver he was professionally active in Paris.   Education He trained in a glass engraver’s workshop.  Biography He worked as an architect and designer for business and domestic clients; collaborated with Philippe Starck, Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Gilles Derain, Richard Moyer, and Andree Putman: participated in the design of theRead More →

Jean-Maurice Rothschild cocktail table

Jean-Maurice Rothschild French decorator and furniture designer

Jean-Maurice Rothschild (1902- 1988) was a French decorator and furniture designer. Between 1917-19, he studied at the Ecole Boulle, Paris. He began working in 1921 for Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann in Paris as a designer and artisan. He participated in the design of Ruhlmann’s ‘HĂŽtel du collectionneur’ at the 1925 Paris ‘Exposition Internationale des Arts DecoratifsRead More →

Maison Gripoix costume jewellry

Maison Gripoix costume jeweller – glass with class

Maison Gripoix, a French costume jeweller, was located in Paris. Around 1890, Maison Gripoix sold glass beads and buttons wholesale. Subsequently, specialised in handmade imitations of precious and semi-precious jewels, including parures for Sarah Bernhardt. When the molten glass is poured into a mould, rather than through the kiln-firing of a paste of groundRead More →

Herve Van der Straeten

HervĂ© Van der Straeten – French Designer revives craftsmanship of the past

The French design world was excited by artists back in the 1930s and 1940s who created modern objects that combined up-to-the-minute allure with the authenticity of traditional crafts: hand-worked bronze, painstakingly applied lacquer layers, meticulously matched and polished wood. Interior shown in Interiors Magazine Skills like that may be dying out, but by producingRead More →

Société des Artistes Décorateurs

SociĂ©tĂ© des Artistes DĂ©corateurs (Society of Decorative Artists) – France

The creation in 1901 of the SociĂ©tĂ© des Artistes DĂ©corateurs (SAD) reflected the increasing significance in France of this new profession of Decorative Arts. This resulted from a series of government-funded projects carried out in the fine and applied arts schools of France to improve the status of applied arts and training. In otherRead More →

Antique Chairs by Lucien Rollin

Lucien Rollin designed bedroom at World Fair NY 1939

Lucien Rollin was a French Designer. He designed a bedroom in the French pavilion at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. He was active in the Salons of the SociĂ©tĂ© des Artistes DĂ©corateurs – 1928-1937.Read More →

French Street Artist Turns Boring CIty Walls into Hyper-Realistic Scenes

French Street Artist Turns Boring CIty Walls into Hyper-Realistic Scenes

French artist Patrick Commecy is based in Eyzin-Pinet, France, but travels all over the country to paint walls. Using the facade of buildings as his canvas, he captures the history and culture of the place through his art. Commecy uses trompe-l’Ɠil, a technique where realistic looking scenes are used to create optical illusions. Source:Read More →

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