My Highlights from The Salon: Art + Design
Proceeds from the sale of this lot will benefit the Association St. Bernard of the Villa Noailles, Hyères, France
Produced by Comte, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Jean-Michel Frank.
Léopold Diego Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 1997, pp. 72, 108
Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank: l'étrange luxe du rien, Paris, 2006, p. 57
Private collection, Buenos Aires
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2002
French interior designer Jean-Michel Frank championed minimal interiors through the mixing of styles and cultures. According to Frank, “the noble frames that came to us from the past can receive today’s creations.” The severity of modern design was lessened by Frank’s all-encompassing approach that gladly mixed styles, cultures, and materials to create multi-dimensional surfaces and compositions. Frank’s playful combination of spare and rectilinear details, inspired by the architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, and sumptuous materials such as shagreen, mica, and straw marquetry helped soften the oftentimes austere interiors pioneered during the period in France and abroad.