Jean-Charles Moreux distinguished himself by designing public gardens that combined geometric structures influenced by Art Deco and the Industrial Revolution with whimsical, illusionistic devices like oversize columns and mirrors. A contemporary of Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, the architect and designer believed that divergent combinations were integral to successful design. His furniture similarly incorporated juxtapositions, contrasting hard and soft edges and machine-made and hand-hewn elements. “The beauty of the machine is a recent discovery which has contributed—in certain measure—to the enrichment of our poetic art. But to declare nevertheless a work of art must proceed from the mechanical is a fundamental error,” he said.