René-Jean Caillette, ‘Sofa’, 1954, Galerie Pascal Cuisinier
René-Jean Caillette, ‘Sofa’, 1954, Galerie Pascal Cuisinier
René-Jean Caillette, ‘Sofa’, 1954, Galerie Pascal Cuisinier
René-Jean Caillette, ‘Sofa’, 1954, Galerie Pascal Cuisinier

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Manufacturer: Airborne edition

About René-Jean Caillette

Rene-Jean Caillette’s Diamond chair (1958) is an icon of French modernism. Made of pressure-formed plywood, it won the gold medal at the Brussels 1958 international EXPO, and is indicative of the designer’s austere and refined style. He collaborated with Alain Richard, Genevieve Dangles, and Joseph Andre Motte as Group 4, leading voices in design during France’s post-war reconstruction. Together, they worked to bring design to all people, using simple forms made of affordable materials like plastic, rattan, and Formica. But wood in particular was important for Caillette. "I am the son of a cabinetmaker,” he said. “And I still remember the smell of wood shavings in the workshop of my father."

French, 1919-2004

Solo Shows

2014
Demisch Danant, 
New York,
René-Jean Caillette

Group Shows

2017
Demisch Danant, 
New York,
The Way of the Essential

Fair History on Artsy

2017
Demisch Danant at FOG Design+Art 2017
2015
Demisch Danant at The Salon: Art + Design 2015
2014
Demisch Danant at Design Miami/ Basel 2014