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

Rug designed by Eric Bagge featured image
Rug designed by Eric Bagge featured image

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

Biography

Bagge produced wallpaper, fabrics, accessories, and silver. His furniture was made of precious woods with abstract motifs influenced by Cubist art and ivory marquetry.

In 1929, he was in charge of designing the new exhibition room at the Musée Galliéra in Paris.

He was a member of the Groupe des Architectes Modernes and the Société d’Encouragement à l’Art et l’Industrie’s French exhibitions committee.

Since 1922, he designed furniture for the La Maitrise decorating department of Galeries Lafayette in Paris and Paris furniture firms such as Saddier freres, Mercier freres, and Dennery.

Bagge and Peters Clock by Eric Bagge
Bagge and Peters Clock by Eric Bagge
Eric Bagge Modernist Cabinet
Eric Bagge Modernist Cabinet

His grand suite concept for the oceanliner Île-de-France in 1926 was widely publicised.

Textile and wallpaper design

In the late 1920s, he produced a series of fabrics and rugs for Lucien Bouix with geometric motifs and bright and dark colours. Desfossés and Karth designed his elegant wallpapers. In 1929, he was appointed artistic director of the new furniture store Palais du Marbre in Paris.

In 1930, he opened his shop where he sold furniture, furnishings, and lighting; as an architect, he designed townhouses, shops, and the Church of Saint-Jacques, Montrouge, and pavilions for the 1937 Paris Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne. He was appointed as the director of the Ecole Practique de Dessin de la Chambre Syndicale de la Bijouterie Joail- lerie Orfevrerie.

Exhibitions

Participated in Salons of the Société des Artistes Francais from its inception, Salons of the Société des Artistes Décorateurs, and Salons of the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs starting in 1919. He planned the Hall of Jewelry at the Grand Palais for the 1925 Paris Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes and other stands, the bedroom and bathroom of the French ambassador, and other rooms in exhibits for Les Gobelins and Beauvais.

Sources

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

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