Joseph-André Motte, ‘Pair of low tables Rigel’, 1963, Galerie Pascal Cuisinier
Joseph-André Motte, ‘Pair of low tables Rigel’, 1963, Galerie Pascal Cuisinier

About Joseph-André Motte

A leader of postwar French design, Joseph-André Motte championed ideas of industrialization and modernism to define a more optimistic future. Born in Saint Bonnet in the Alpine southeastern France, Motte moved to Paris to study the applied arts. Motte is known for his application of traditional techniques to contemporary forms and combination of established and modern materials; in early work, such as his iconic Tripod Chairs (1949), Motte incorporated artisanal techniques of woven rattan with modern structure. By 1954, Motte was the founder of his own agency and co-founder of the collective design bureau, Atelier de Recherche Plastique (Studio for Plastic Research) along with Pierre Guariche and Michel Mortier, going on to create works renowned for their innovation and mass producibility. Motte’s commissions have spanned airports and large public interiors for the French government, renovation of the Louvre’s Grand Gallery, and presidential desk design.

French, 1925-2013

Solo Shows

2012
Demisch Danant, 
New York,
Joseph-André Motte: The Art of Living

Group Shows

2018
Demisch Danant, 
New York,
Masterworks
2017
Demisch Danant, 
New York,
The Way of the Essential
2016
Demisch Danant, 
New York,
made in France
2015
Demisch Danant, 
New York,
Selected Works
2014
Demisch Danant, 
New York,
New Acquisitions
2014
Demisch Danant, 
New York,
Textured Planes: Sheila Hicks, Joseph-André Motte, Pierre Paulin

Fair History on Artsy

2018
Demisch Danant at TEFAF Maastricht 2018
2017
Demisch Danant at TEFAF Maastricht 2017
2017
Demisch Danant at FOG Design+Art 2017
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