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Jacques Adnet

Jacques Adnet
Jacques Adnet (April 20, 1901 – October 24, 1984) was a French art deco modernist designer, architect and interior designer.
He was known for his furniture designs in leather. He was an icon of luxurious French Modernism. After completing his studies at the Municipal School of Design in Auxerre and the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs, Adnet established the company, JJ Adnet with his twin brother Jean. In 1925, Adnet was recognized as one of the most promising young designers at both the Salon d'Automne and Les Expositions des Arts Decoratifs. As well as designing furniture and mirrors, Adnet designed apartments and offices for numerous clients, including the French President and Unesco. He exhibited at the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes. Distinctly avant garde, Adnet and was among the first to expect metal and glass to integrate with the structure and decoration of furniture.
In 1926 he designed the salle commune of the Ile-de-France. By 1928, had become Director of La Compagnie des Arts Français (CAF), at the age of 28. CAF provided Adnet with an ideal platform from which to promote his modernist designs.
These incorporated precious woods, chromed metals, embellishments such as mirror, leather, parchment and smoked glass in linear styles with decoration pared away wherever possible. In 1970 Adnet became director of École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs. He died in 1984 having created a legacy of fine design that feels “modern” even today.

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