Henri Rapin (1873 – 1939) French artist and decorator

Henri Rapin 1925 Paris Exposition Model Cabinet
Henri Rapin 1925 Paris Exposition Model Cabinet

Henri Rapin (1873-1939) was a French artist and decorator. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts under Jean-Leon Gerome and J. Blanc.

Biography

Rapin worked as a painter, illustrator, furniture designer, and decorator. From 1903, his furniture was generally simple. From 1910, he began to produce more elaborate designs using exotic materials and carved wood panels by Eve Le Bourgeois and Charles Hairon. These designs were in response to the challenge from the designers of the Münchner Vereeingite Werkstätten für Kunst in Handwerk exhibiting at the Salon of the same year. In 1924, he became a principal at the Manufacture Nationale de Sevres and artistic director of Ecole du Comite des Dames de l ‘Union Centrale des Arts Decoratifs. Some of his furniture was produced by Evrard. He designed numerous interiors of theatres, music halls, and shops in Paris.

Henri Rapin Sculpted Armchair
Henri Rapin Sculpted Armchair

Creative Director at Moynat

From 1905 to 1930 Rapin was the artistic director at Moynat, the oldest established French trunk maker. At the 1925, International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts, Rapin’s design for a red Morocco leather trunk, was awarded the “Diplôme d’Honneur” and contributed to Moynat’s reputation as the leading luxury luggage producer of the era.

Ceramic Work

From 1920 to 1934 Rapin also contributed as an aesthetic advisor to porcelain manufacturer Sèvres. Ceramic blanks for lighting fixtures proved commercially successful, enabling in 1927 Sèvres to reduce its financial dependence on the French state.

Sources

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

Wikipedia contributors. (2021, April 6). Henri Rapin. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10:15, July 1, 2022, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Henri_Rapin&oldid=1016359706

More French Furniture

  • Pierre Balmain (1914 – 1982) French fashion designer

    Pierre Balmain (1914 – 1982) French fashion designer

    Pierre Balmain (1914 – 1982) was a French fashion designer and the influential postwar fashion house Balmain founder. He described the art of dressmaking as “the architecture of movement,” and he was known for his sophistication and elegance.Read More →

  • Boris-Jean Lacroix (1902-1984) 🇫🇷 French Lighting Designer

    Boris-Jean Lacroix (1902-1984) 🇫🇷 French Lighting Designer

    Boris-Jean Lacroix (1902-1984) was a French Lighting Designer born in Paris. Biography Lacroix was aRead More →

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

    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 →

  • Martine Bedin (b.1957) radical architecture and design

    Martine Bedin (b.1957) radical architecture and design

    Bedin was one of the founders of the avant-garde Memphis group in Milan in 1981. Also, she has worked as an architect, industrial designer and professor. Her work is held in many important museums and private collections. Bedin’s aesthetic is typically colourful and self-consciously kitschy.Read More →

  • Pierre-Émile Legrain (1889 -1929) French Furniture Designer

    Pierre-Émile Legrain (1889 -1929) French Furniture Designer

    He submitted cartoons in 1908 for Paul Iribe’s satirical reviews Le Témoin, L’Assiette au beurre, Le Mot, and La Baionnette. Iribe invited Legrain to collaborate with him on projects including furniture and interior design, jewelry for Robert Linzeler, and dress designs for Paquin.Read More →

  • Jacques Hitier (1917 – 1999) French furniture designer

    Jacques Hitier (1917 – 1999) French furniture designer

    He specialised in developing industrial furniture for public contexts like schools and government buildings after WWII. He exhibited his whole body of work at both the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs and the Salon des Arts Ménagers. Hitier also created luxury and high-end home furnishings.Read More →

  • Fernand Nathan French furniture desiger

    Fernand Nathan French furniture desiger

    A painter before becoming active as an interior architect, he was a cabinetmaker and designer of lighting, printed fabrics, and furniture. His furniture reflected the influences of Chippendale, Louis XVI, Directoire, Restauration, and Louis Philippe styles. Some of Nathan’s furniture was produced by Beyne.Read More →

  • Richard Peduzzi (b.1943) French Set and Furniture Designer

    Richard Peduzzi (b.1943) French Set and Furniture Designer

    Richard Peduzzi (b.1943) is a French painter and scenic furniture designer. Education He studied drawingRead More →

  • Pierre Paulin (1927 – 2009) French furniture designer

    Pierre Paulin (1927 – 2009) French furniture designer

    He was active in research for the government-sponsored Mobilier International. His first plastic object was the 1953 Chair 157 in polyester, ABS, and elastomers produced by Artifort of Maastricht. Around 1955, he was one of the first to work in elasticised fabrics for Thonet and subsequently for Artifort.Read More →

  • Andre Hermant (1908 – 1978) French architect and furniture designer

    Andre Hermant (1908 – 1978) French architect and furniture designer

    In 1936, he became a member of UAM (Union des Artistes Modernes); after World War II, he participated in the reconstruction of the port of Le Havre under the direction of architect Auguste Perret.Read More →

  • Suzanne Guiguichon French Furniture Designer

    Suzanne Guiguichon French Furniture Designer

    Suzanne Guiguichon was a French furniture designer and decorator. She was born and worked in Paris. Since 1929 she worked as a designer with Maurice Dufrene at the Galeries Lafayette design studio La Maitrise in Paris. Most of the furniture, clocks, lighting, fabrics, rugs, accessories Guiguichon designed anonymously.Read More →

  • Eileen Gray (1879 – 1976) Irish/French Furniture Designer

    Eileen Gray (1879 – 1976) Irish/French Furniture Designer

    Eileen Gray was an French furniture designer and architect. Her work reflected a stylistic pastiche of far eastern and french influences.Read More →

  • Léon Jallot (1874 – 1967) French designer and artisan.

    Léon Jallot (1874 – 1967) French designer and artisan.

    Léon Jallot (1874­1967), a scion of the French Art Nouveau, stood out within the movement as an ébéniste, or cabinet maker.Read More →

  • Clément Mère (1861 – 1940) French painter, tabletier, designer and furniture maker

    Clément Mère (1861 – 1940) French painter, tabletier, designer and furniture maker

    Clément Mère was born in Bayonne and active in Paris. He was a French painter, table-builder, artist and furniture builder. He studied painting with Jean-Léon Gérôme at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.Read More →

  • Danielle Quarante ( b.1938 ) French Furniture Designer

    Danielle Quarante ( b.1938 ) French Furniture Designer

    She began her professional career as a graphic designer, specialising in exhibition design. In 1966 she worked on product design (children’s furniture, hi-fi systems).Read More →

  • André Monpoix (1925 – 1976) French Furniture Designer

    André Monpoix (1925 – 1976) French Furniture Designer

    While working for Maxime Old, René Gabriel, and Jacques Dumond, they often collaborated with Alain Richard at Richard et Monpoix, designing furniture produced by Meubles TV.Read More →

  • Jean-Michel Frank (1895 – 1941) French Interior Designer

    Jean-Michel Frank (1895 – 1941) French Interior Designer

    After World War I, he worked as a cabinetmaker at Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann’s studio in Paris, where he met decorator Adolphe Chanaux, who had collaborated with André Groult and Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann on the 1925 Paris ‘Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes.’ Read More →

  • Jean-Maurice Rothschild (1902- 1988) French decorator and designer

    Jean-Maurice Rothschild (1902- 1988) French decorator and designer

    He began working in 1921 for Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann in Paris as a designer and artisan. He participated in the design of Ruhlmann’s ‘Hôtel du collectionneur’ at the 1925 Paris ‘Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes.’Read More →

  • Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann (1879 – 1933) outstanding furniture designer

    Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann (1879 – 1933) outstanding furniture designer

    Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann (1879 – 1933) was a French designer who was born and lived in Paris. n 1907, he took over his father’s house painting company in Paris. He first exhibited his work in 1911, with architect Charles Plumet and couturier Jacques Doucet, Frantz Jourdain, and Tony Selmersheim.Read More →

  • Philippe Starck (1949 – ) the artist-designer

    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 fêted 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 →

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.