Paul Kiss (1885 – 1962) Hungarian Metal worker

Paul Kiss Metal Worker
Paul Kiss Metal Worker

Paul Kiss (1885 – 1962) was a Hungarian metalworker who was born in Belabalva (now Romania). He was professionally active in Paris. 


He settled in Paris in 1907, where he worked for metalworkers Edgar Brandt and Raymond Subes. After World War I, set up his workshop and showroom in rue Delhomme, Paris. He designed and produced (sometimes with Paul Feher) and restored historical monuments. He had clients, including the Kings of Egypt and Siam (now Thailand). He designed and forged Porte du Monument aux Marts de la Guerre, Levallois-Perret. Motifs of birds and plants, some figures, and geometric forms were incorporated into his wrought-iron lighting, stands, consoles, doors, grilles, and railings. Sometimes resembling Michel and Jules Nics’s lighting, Kiss’s fixtures were old-fashioned and of high technical quality, with the slenderest attenuations and mounts holding alabaster, engraved glass, and marble shades and panels. 


He received a silver medal for the monument at Levallois-Perret, shown at 1924 Salon of Societe des Artistes francais. Kiss’s work was shown at Salons of the Societe des Artistes francais, Societe des Artistes Decorateurs, and (including a pair of wrought-iron doors for Pavilion Savary) 1925 Paris ‘Exposition Internationale des Arts Decorat-ifs et Industriels Modernes.‘ 



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

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