Jacques Dumond is a leader of the French modernist movement—exemplifying minimalism, functionalism, and a reductive approach towards ornamentation. Dumond served as a liaison between an older movement of traditional interior designers and those exploring new materials and technologies, his legacy articulated as the missing link between the two. Working often for private clients, Dumond's deep knowledge of fine craftsmanship, elegant understanding of color and proportion, and experimentation with material are signature elements of his originality.
Dumond joined the Union des Artistes Modernes in 1945, and was commissioned for other substantial projects including interiors for the French Embassy in Saarbrücken, Germany, 1954 and Maison de la Radio, Paris, 1962. In 1961, Dumond designed the "Salon Saint-Tropez," in conjunction with his former student, Philippe Leloup. This space was the largest public lounge aboard the SS France cruise liner, the international symbol of French luxury.
Dumond influenced an entire post-war generation of designers with his vision of modernity and emphasis on experimentation with material. Dumond promoted the idea that "new materials + new techniques = new forms," a philosophy expressed through his experimentation with Formica, rattan, glass, and steel. Dumond impacted the following generation of designers with his enthusiasm for modernism and his collaborative approach to design.