French designers

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Boucheron was a French court jeweller with branches in Paris, London, Biarritz, and New York. Founded by Frederic Boucheron (1858). Famous for elaborate diamond jewellery during the late 19th century. Expensive novelties shown at international exhibitions in Paris (1867 and 1900) and Philadelphia (1876) attracted wealthy customers (mainly American).Read More →

Henri Vever Ukiyo-e Print

Vever had acquired a collection of thousands of fine ukiyo-e prints by the early twentieth century. Vever’s collection was so well-regarded that the authors of some of the first European scholarly publications on ukiyo-e relied heavily on it for most of their actual print researchRead More →

Exposition Universelle

The Exposition Universelle of 1900, better known in English as the 1900 Paris Exposition, was a world’s fair held in Paris, France, from 14 April to 12 November 1900, to celebrate the achievements of the past century and to accelerate development into the next. It was held at the esplanade of Les Invalides, the Champ de Mars, the TrocadĆ©ro and at the banks of the Seine between them, with an additional section in the Bois de Vincennes, and it was visited by more than 50 million people. Read More →

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His early jewellery was in neo-Greek and neo-Renaissance styles, indistinguishable from Vever, Fossin, Morel, and Mellerio.Read More →

ReneĢ-AndreĢ Coulon side tables

RenĆ©-AndrĆ© Coulon was a furniture designer from France. He did architectural studies until 1937. In his work, Coulon integrated tempered glass, some of which Hagnauer, Vienna, made. He designed the interior furniture of Adnet for Saint-Gobain.Read More →

La Paresse by George Barbier

George Barbier, a French graphic artist, created this scene of cultured decadence. It is a pochoir print based on a 1924 watercolor; it appeared in the following year’s fashion annual, Falbalas et Fanfreluches. Read More →

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In 1752, Georges-Michel Bapst became King Louis XV’s jeweller and took over the direction of his father-in-shop, law’s Georges-FrĆ©dĆ©ric Stras. (Stras invented ‘strass,’ a colourless glass paste commonly used for jewellery in the 18th and 19th centuries.)Read More →

Albatros polyester and fibreglass chair by Danielle Quarante

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 →

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

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Lhote was born 5 July 1885 in Bordeaux, France, and learned wood carving and sculpture from the age of 12, when his father apprenticed him to a local furniture maker to be trained as a sculptor in wood. He enrolled at the Ɖcole des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux in 1898 and studied decorative sculpture until 1904.Read More →

Charlotte Cabinet by Martine Bedin

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. Bedinā€™s aesthetic is typically colourful and self-consciously kitschy.Read More →

Jean Puiforocat

His silver work was based on the geometric series and had smooth surfaces. Pieces were embellished with ivory, onyx, lapis lazuli, and rosewood. He also used gilding.Read More →

French designer. He worked primarily in ceramics, but also designed for glass and gold. His ceramics, in an Art Deco style, were manufactured in Limoges Read More →

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Alessi PSJS Juicy Salif Citrus Squeezer designed by Philippe Starck Philippe Starck designed the JuicyRead More →

French Art Deco Rattan Chairs Design Jean-Michel Frank for Ecart International

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 AndrĆ© Groult and Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann on the 1925 Paris ‘Exposition Internationale des Arts DĆ©coratifs et Industriels Modernes.’Ā Read More →

couronne lumineuse

He set up his workshop at 12 rue Saint-Bernard in Paris, where he produced cabinets, rugs, drawings, and paintings. In 1930, he rendered the interior scheme of the boudoir of the Princesse de la Tour d’Auvergne in the ChĆ¢teau de Grosbois, the private office of Jeanne Lanvin, the reception salon of Field Marshal Lyautey, and the arrangement of the MusĆ©e de la France d’Outre-Mer on the occasion of the 1931 Paris ‘Exposition Coloniale.Ā Read More →

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Monsieur Bijou was the moniker given to Robert Goosens, a French jeweller who lived from 1927 to 2016. He was born in Paris, France, the son of a metal foundry worker. He learned the techniques of casting, engraving, and embossing semi-precious and simulated stones into gold and silver metals during his apprenticeship in jewellery making. Read More →

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In 1899, he became artistic director of KĆ©ramis, Belgian pottery owned by Boch Freres in La Louviere. In c1910, he moved to University City, Missouri, to work for Taxile Doat as a ceramics teacher at the School of Ceramic Art. He went back to France. He belonged to the SociĆ©tĆ© des Artistes FranƧaises.Read More →

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Jacques-Ɖmile 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 →

Jean Fouquet and an aquamarine, diamond, enamel, white gold and platinum

In 1919, he joined as a designer in the family firm, 6 rue Royale, Paris; he was a friend of Louis Aragon and Paul Eluard. Between 1920ā€”25, he collaborated on Le Corbusier’s and AmĆ©dĆ©e Ozenfant’s review L’Esprit Nouveau: Revue International d’EsthĆ©tique. In his jewellery, he developed a liking for abstract compositions. From 1931, his jewellery designs were characterized by pure and simple geometry. In 1929, abandoning the SociĆ©tĆ© des Artistes DĆ©corateurs, he became a founding member of UAM (Union des Artistes Modernes).Ā Read More →