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-minded man or woman. But the city’s allure was not just intellectual: Gay Paree was reopened to visitors, and they flocked in droves. Many high-end magazines in the United States and Europe, such as Esquire, advertised Paris vacations, which were now much more accessible due to the rise in commercial air travel.

Max Factor Pink & Orange Lipstick ad 1958
Max Factor Pink & Orange Lipstick ad 1958

Parisian motifs

Parisian motifs started to appear on almost every kind of clothing, household fabric, and crockery: palettes, streetside cafes, dressed poodles, and the Eiffel Tower. Designers looked to fine artists for inspiration as well as more familiar pictures. Many of the artists they selected, such as Joan Miro and Paul Klee, painted free-floating organic abstract images that could easily be transformed into repeat fabric or wallpaper designs. Similarly, Alexander Calder’s mobiles’ abstract shapes were easily made into precise graphic forms. Surrealist artists, especially Salvador Dali, whose metaphysical images complemented contemporary philosophical concepts, were sources of inspiration for designers. Artists were immediately elevated to the status of gods, and everyone aspired to be one. The art schools of Paris, London, and New York came to life.

Hanging mobile—sheet metal, wire and paint designed by Alexander Calder (1954)
Hanging mobile—sheet metal, wire and paint designed by Alexander Calder (1954)

Paris in Film

An American in Paris (1951), starring the French Leslie Caron and the American Gene Kelly, and To Catch a Thief (1955), starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant, were two of the major film releases of the time. Leslie Caron, alongside Audrey Hepburn, was instrumental in popularising the ‘French Look,’ an impish ‘gamine’ style of dress that featured snug black pedal pushers, flattie shoes, stripey T-shirts, berets, plenty of red lipstick, and the obligatory Gauloise. A basket containing a baguette, a bottle of wine, spaghetti, and several paintbrushes was the ultimate accessory for the art-student version of this type.

American in Paris poster
American in Paris poster

Films like these often portrayed the jazz clubs, or ‘dives,’ of Paris. Contemporary and traditional jazz emerged as the musical epitome of a ‘with it’ artistic lifestyle, and similar clubs flourished in London’s Soho and New York’s Greenwich Village. The saxophone motif, which had gained popularity in the 1940s, could be found not only on record sleeves but also on any item or fabric willing to embrace it.

Sources

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

Powell, P. (1994). ’50S & ’60s style. Grange Books.

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    His early graphic design reflected a fascination with mediaeval and Pre-Raphaelite art. He joined Julius Meier-shop Graefe’s La Maison Moderne in Paris in 1901. He met Maurice Dufréne and designed bronzes, jewellery, and fabrics.Read More →

  • Le Corbusier Swiss born architect designer and theorist

    Le Corbusier Swiss born architect designer and theorist

    Born Charles Édouard Jeanneret, Swiss-born architect, designer and theorist, Le Corbusier was one of the most influential artistic figures in 20th-century architecture, publisher of the Esprit Nouveau Modernist newspaper in 1920, author of several influential books including Vers une architecture (1923), L’art décoratif d’aujourd’hui (1925) and Les 5 points d (CIAM). He also coined the principle that ‘a machine for living in’ was the modern home.Read More →

  • École Estienne (Paris) – 120 years of design training

    École Estienne (Paris) – 120 years of design training

    In honour of the Estienne family, the school was named after a famous family of printers from the 16th century, including Henri Estienne (elder), Robert Estienne and Charles Estienne. Its mission was to address the poor printing and book-making qualifications and standards, covering theoretical and practical aspects.Read More →

  • Gilbert Poillerat (1902 – 1988) French Designer and metalworker

    Gilbert Poillerat (1902 – 1988) French Designer and metalworker

    In 1927, he started working for Baudet, Donon et Roussel, a carpentry and metal construction workshop. He was in charge of the new wrought iron section. Grillework, tables, chairs, consoles, screens, lighting, and firedogs were all designed and manufactured by him. Poillerat’s metalwork was rendered in characteristic winding calligraphic forms in various media ranging from jewellery to clothing.Read More →

  • André Lurçat (1894 – 1970) French Arhitect & Furniture Designer

    André Lurçat (1894 – 1970) French Arhitect & Furniture Designer

    He joined the CIAM (Congres Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne) as a founding member in 1928. Lurcat led the commission on urbanism. His furniture and architecture of the 1920s were geometrical forms influenced by Cubism. Thonet produced his furniture for the Ecole Karl-Marx, which resembled Marcel Breuer’s twisted metal tubular furniture.Read More →

  • Henri Lancel (1912 – 1976) French Decorator & Furniture Designer

    Henri Lancel (1912 – 1976) French Decorator & Furniture Designer

    Jean Dunand, Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, and Pierre Legrain of Groupe des Cinq were among his friends. He travelled to South America and Cuba between 1928 and 1930, working in exotic woods.Read More →

  • Charlotte Perriand (1903 – 1999) French designer and architect

    Charlotte Perriand (1903 – 1999) French designer and architect

    Charlotte Perriand (1903 – 1999) was a designer and architect from France. Perriand’s designs are most commonly associated with furniture created in the 1920s in collaboration with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. Still, her contribution to design was much more critical.Read More →

  • Andrée Putnam (1925 – 2013) French Interior Designer

    Andrée Putnam (1925 – 2013) French Interior Designer

    Andrée Putman was a French interior designer, furniture designer, and entrepreneur. She was born in Paris. Putman was probably best known internationally for her black and white palette, illustrated by the 1985 interior of Morgans Hotel in New York. It was commissioned by the entrepreneurs Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell.Read More →

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    Dive Into Belperron’s New Holiday Campaign—C’est Magnifique!

    It’s also the first image campaign since the Belperron brand relaunched in 2015 in its flagship location on New York’s Fifth Avenue. The mood and feel is inspired by the 1969 film La Piscine, directed by Jacques Deray and starring Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, and Jane Birkin, an oft-referenced touchstone for the fashion set.Read More →

  • Martin Szekely (b.1956) French furniture designer

    Martin Szekely (b.1956) French furniture designer

    He started his career as a copper-plate engraver. In 1977— 1978, he designed furniture, notably the Ar stool, and VIA sponsored many of his early works. His first major triumph was a 25-piece furniture collection for the Sauvagnat firm, which he displayed at the 1979 Salon du Meuble in Paris. Read More →

  • Tony Selmersheim (1871 – 1971) French architect and decorator

    Tony Selmersheim (1871 – 1971) French architect and decorator

    Initially, he collaborated with architect Charles Plumet. Tony and Pierre Selmersheim worked together on furniture, furnishings, lighting, and the interior design of various structures.Read More →

  • Daniel Lebard’s collection of 20th-century French furniture

    Daniel Lebard’s collection of 20th-century French furniture

    Daniel Lebard’s collection of 20th-century French furniture is unrivalled in its depth Featuring masterworks by some of the most celebrated French architects and designers of the 20th century, including Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier, Serge Mouille and Jean Royère, the collection of the businessman Daniel Lebard is the most comprehensive of its kind ever presented at auction.Read More →

  • Maurice Matet (b.1903) French Decorator and furniture designer

    Maurice Matet (b.1903) French Decorator and furniture designer

    eginning in 1923. He occasionally cooperated with Etienne Kohlmann and Dubard. He became a professor at the Ecole des Arts Appliqués in Paris in c1930. After WWII, he continued to design furniture, creating models in metal and glass and silver tableware, with radically Modern lines.Read More →

  • Claude Garamond (1510 – 1561) made the letter a living thing

    Claude Garamond (1510 – 1561) made the letter a living thing

    Little is known about the early life of France’s most distinguished type designer Claude Garamond, though he is mentioned as being “at work” in the printing business early in the sixteenth century, Garamond was commissioned by the French monarch, Francis I, to cut a font of Greek letter which later became known as the “Royal Greek Type.” Read More →

  • Primerose Bordier (1929 – 1995) French textile designer

    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 →

  • Damon (1920s & 1930s) French lighting design firm

    Damon (1920s & 1930s) French lighting design 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 →

  • Staub Cookware – Benefits of Cast Iron Cooking Pots

    Staub Cookware – Benefits of Cast Iron Cooking Pots

    For over 2000 years, cast iron cooking pots have been used. They have long been valued for their durability and heat retention capacity, and it is not uncommon for these valuable items to be passed down from generation to generation. The addition of enamelling is now a significant advancement in this traditional material.Read More →

  • Jaque Klein (1899 – 1963) French Decorator & Furniture Designer

    Jaque Klein (1899 – 1963) French Decorator & Furniture Designer

    Jaque Klein was a French decorator and furniture designer. In 1942, he founded his firm, 31 rue de Miromesnil, Paris, after designing wallpaper and rugs for the Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris. Delepoulle and Gouffe both made some of his furniture.Read More →

  • Ronald-Cecil Sportes – French architect and designer

    Ronald-Cecil Sportes – French architect and designer

    Ronald-Cecil Sportes is a French architect and designer. He was born Orleanville (Algeria) and professionally active in Paris. He studied at the Ecole des Arts Appliques et des Metiers d’Arts, Paris. Read More →

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    PLUMY sofa by Annie Hiéronimus ⚜️

    The Plumy line was inspired by the 1980s and is a revival of the famous model that first debuted over 35 years ago. Plumy’s enveloping design is the ultimate of comfort and relaxation, made entirely of bonded blocks of polyether and Bultex polyurethane foams of various densities.Read More →

  • Kafa Stool by Luca Erba | Good Design ♥️

    Kafa Stool by Luca Erba | Good Design ♥️

    The Kafa Stool is a subtle proclamation of weight, excellent as a compositional counter-balance or a lone anecdote, both physically and compositionally substantial. This stool, which comes in marble or oak, has an intense physicality that is gently offset by the curved focus of its design.Read More →

  • Pierre Patout (1879 – 1965) French Architect and Designer

    Pierre Patout (1879 – 1965) French Architect and Designer

    Following the war, he collaborated with his friend Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, a decorator. They worked together on designs for the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts, which took place in Paris from April to October 1925 and gave the style its name. Read More →

  • René Prou (1913 – 1991) French Interior & Furniture Designer

    René Prou (1913 – 1991) French Interior & Furniture Designer

    In 1908, he developed his first piece for the Gouffé furniture company in Paris. He later rose to the position of chief designer. He designed the council chamber of the Comptoir d’Escompte in Paris and the apartment of the French ambassador in Paraguay in 1912, earning him the title of “first designer of the goût moderne.”Read More →

  • Michel Dufet (1888 – 1985) French interior designer & writer

    Michel Dufet (1888 – 1985) French interior designer & writer

    He attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris to study painting and architecture. In 1913, he founded the MAM (Mobilier Artistique Moderne) decorating workshop at 3 Avenue de l’Opéra in Paris, producing modern furniture, wallpaper, fabrics, and lighting.Read More →

  • Gabriel Englinger (1898 – 1983) French artist, decorator, furniture designer

    Gabriel Englinger (1898 – 1983) French artist, decorator, furniture designer

    He worked in the Galeries Lafayette department store’s La Maitrise design workshop from 1922 to 1928. At the same time, he worked for Cornille as a designer and furniture builder. Studio Abran created a 1928 boudoir and a 1929 work cabinet and smoking stand, among other ensembles. Read More →

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    The French Union of Modern Artists (Union des artistes modernes; UAM) was a movement madeRead More →

  • Georges Lepape (1887 – 1971) French painter & illustrator

    Georges Lepape (1887 – 1971) French painter & illustrator

    Lepape’s work blends orientalist elements with flowing lines, vibrant colours, and graphic stylizations reminiscent of Alphonse Mucha, Erté, Gustav Klimt, and Henri de Toulouse-Art Lautrec’s Nouveau movement. Read More →

  • Gérard Dalmon (b. 1944) French furniture designer

    Gérard Dalmon (b. 1944) French furniture designer

    he opened Galerie Néotu in Paris, and then in 1990, he opened Galerie Néotu in New York.Read More →

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