Tony Selmersheim (1871 – 1971) French architect and decorator

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Tony Selmersheim (1871 – 1971) French architect and decorator. He was born in the town of Saint-Germain-en-Laye. He was Pierre Selmersheim’s younger brother.

Biography

Initially, he collaborated with architect Charles Plumet. Tony and Pierre Selmersheim worked together on furniture, furnishings, lighting, and the interior design of various structures. He designed a significant range of furniture for the French Embassy in Vienna, the organ gallery of the SacrƩ-Coeur Church in Paris, and several offices in the early 1900s. On the 1935 ocean liner Normandie, he worked alongside his brother on the decorating and furniture for a first-class cabin. He collaborated on several limited-edition furniture designs with L. Monteil and later with his son AndrƩ Selmersheim in their offices on the avenue Saint-Marcel in Paris until 1935. He invented many instruments and machines for use in his atelier since he was fascinated by mechanical stuff.

Exhibitions

From 1897 through 1900, he exhibited his furniture ensembles, including at the Paris “Exposition Universelle.” In 1912, he received his first prize in a competition for president of the Paris city council.

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing. https://amzn.to/3ElmSlL

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