Jacques Adnet, ‘Pair of armchairs, from the Palais des Consuls, Rouen’, ca. 1954, Phillips

Each: 34 1/4 x 31 1/8 x 32 1/4 in. (87 x 79.1 x 81.9 cm)

Renée Moutard-Uldry, "Avec Jacques Adnet se perpétue, dans la décoration intérieur d'aujourd'hui, une tradition essentiellement française du goût, de mesure et de dignité," Mobilier et Décoration, no. 2, March 1958, pp. 8-10 for images of the commission
Alain-René Hardy & Gaëlle Millet, Jacques Adnet, Paris, 2009, pp. 145-47 for a discussion of the commission

Palais des Consuls, Rouen

About Jacques Adnet

Jacques Adnet was a towering figure in 20th-century avant-garde French design, known for his luxurious Art Deco furniture and interiors. Educated in architecture at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Adnet began his career working with his twin brother Jean, and would soon forge relationships with a team of collaborators that included Charlotte Perriand, Georges Jouve, Alexandre Noll, and Serge Mouille. Drawing on classical and traditional precedents, Adnet believed in function above all else, and his streamlined, modernist designs emphasized material—like leather, brushed metals, and precious woods. One of his most iconic designs is the Adnet Mirror, a single circular pane hung from a leather strap. “What a lot of work to achieve simplicity,” he once said.

French, 1901-1984, Châtillon-Coligny, France