Émile Bernaux was a French sculptor and furniture designer. He was born in Paris in 1883. He designed a variety of furniture ensembles. Bernaux worked with maple, mahogany, gilded wood, and the exotic May-dou wood, which he began using in 1923.
From 1909, Bernaux produced furniture with highly carved human, floral and fruit motifs.
His work was shown regularly at the Salons of the Société des Artistes Décorateurs between 1911 and 1929. Bernaux was an active member until the end of the 1940s.
He collaborated with architect Alfred Levard on a dining room at the 1925 Paris ‘Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriel Modernes.’
In 1925, at the Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes, Bernaux received a diplôme d’honneur (honorary diploma). A photograph of the Bernaux stand depicts a furniture ensemble designed by various artists. The architect Alfred Levard (1879-1953) designed the stand, while Émile Bernaux designed the furniture, Adalbert George Szabo (1877-1961) designed the chandelier, Guilly designed the embroidery after Lucien Levy-Dhurmer (1865-1953), Coupe designed the carpet, Felix Desruelles (1865-1943) designed the sculpture, and Jean Mayodon designed the vase (1893-1967).
Art Deco cupboard by Émile Bernaux. Victor Werner. (n.d.). https://www.victorwerner.be/index.cfm?page=Collection&cat=6105.
Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.
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