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La Compagnie des Arts Français Furniture

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Louis Süe was a man of many artistic talents who excelled in a range of disciplines in the Parisian design scene of the early 20th century. A painter, furniture maker, decorator and architect, Süe drew on traditional design but sought to make modernist work. This was especially true of his partnership with unsung French artist and textile designer André Mare, a pairing that gave way to the Compagnie des Arts Français.

Süe's best known furniture designs included wall mirrors, console tables and armchairs, and his interior designs spanned private residences and passenger liners. One of the most significant partnerships of Süe's career was with Mare, with whom Süe became acquainted while working at an interior design firm called L’Atelier Français.

In 1919–20, Süe and Mare, known as Süe et Mare, founded the Compagnie des Arts Français, which specialized in furniture, tapestries, wallpaper and silverware. The founders intended to draw on 18th-century furniture to create modern works — they were inspired by Cubism and Art Nouveau and produced forward-looking Art Deco designs that are widely celebrated today.

Inspired by the work of Austrian collective Wiener Werkstätte, Süe and Mare grew a successful business at the Compagnie des Arts Français, mass-producing furnishings and objects, taking on a range of wealthy clients and employing artists such as Marie Laurencin, Paul Vera and Fernand Léger (Mare and Léger had previously shared a studio). One of their interior design projects was the Polish Embassy in Paris. In 1925, Süe and Mare designed the Fontaine & Cie Pavilion at the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris, which featured works by André Groult, Maurice Dufrêne and others.

The Compagnie des Arts Français struggled financially toward the end of the 1920s and was sold to the owners of the French department store Galeries Lafayette. Jacques Adnet, who was working with Dufrêne at the decorative arts atelier of Galeries Lafayette, was appointed artistic director of the Compagnie and steered the firm in a different direction.

Enlisting innovative designers such as Charlotte Perriand, Suzanne Guiguichon, René Herbst and Francis Jourdain, Adnet developed a simple lithe and lean look that incorporated industrial materials including metal and glass, along with exotic woods and finishes such as parchment and sharkskin. He created furniture for iconic luxury house Hermès through the 1950s, and when the Compagnie des Arts Français closed its doors in 1959, Adnet took a job as the director of École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs.   

In 2021, around 30 pieces of furniture by Süe et Mare from the estate of German-born fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld went to auction at Sotheby's. Many of Süe's designs are held in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Creator: La Compagnie des Arts Français
Pair of side tables by Jacques Adnet – Compagnie des Arts Français
By Compagnie Des Arts Français, Jacques Adnet
Located in Uccle, BE
Pair of side tables in steel entirely covered in saddle stitched leather. Particularly elegant in shape, these tables are made of a single sheet of steel forming the top, bottom and ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern La Compagnie des Arts Français Furniture

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Steel

Suzanne Guiguichon, 4-Light Chandelier, France, 1950
By Compagnie Des Arts Français
Located in Catonvielle, FR
Suzanne Guiguichon/Gabriel Eglinger, 4-light lacquered wood chandelier edited by la Maitrise under the direction of Maurice Dufrène, France 1926. In remarkable freshness, this iconic lamp...
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1920s French Art Deco Vintage La Compagnie des Arts Français Furniture

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Wood

Chest of Drawers with Two Drawers by Jacques Adnet, France
By Compagnie Des Arts Français, Jacques Adnet
Located in Uccle, BE
About this Chest of drawers with two drawers by Jacques Adnet Chest of drawers with two drawers, the wooden structure entirely covered in black imitation leather. The brass feet in...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern La Compagnie des Arts Français Furniture

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Faux Leather, Wood

Wrought Iron Desk with Two Sliding Drawers by Jacques Adnet
By Jacques Adnet, Compagnie Des Arts Français
Located in Uccle, BE
Very nice desk in black patinated wrought iron. The 4 feet supporting the belt of the upper plate also in steel. They are joined by a spacer in the lower part "rolled up" outwards. A...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern La Compagnie des Arts Français Furniture

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Steel, Wrought Iron

Chest of Drawers “Pantalonnière” with Three Drawers by Jacques Adnet, France
By Jacques Adnet, Compagnie Des Arts Français
Located in Uccle, BE
Chest of large drawers whose wooden structure is entirely sheathed in saddle stitched black imitation leather. The front legs run along the sides of the cabinet to join the undersid...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern La Compagnie des Arts Français Furniture

Materials

Brass

Metal Coat Rack Covered with Fawn-Colored Synthetic Leather, Jacques Adnet
By Jacques Adnet, Compagnie Des Arts Français
Located in Uccle, BE
Large coat rack, often called in French language "Perroquet", in metal covered with fawn-colored synthetic leather, the stitching entirely made by hand in saddle stitch. The foot consists of a circular base surmounted by a cross-shaped spacer. The spacer receives the central shaft punctuated in six different parts with relief inspired by faux bamboo. The end of the central shaft decorated with a gilded bronze element. At the level of the fifth element...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage La Compagnie des Arts Français Furniture

Materials

Leather

Jacques Adnet Art Deco Chrome Barware Wine Bottle Holder Carrier
By Compagnie Des Arts Français, Jacques Adnet
Located in Atlanta, GA
French designer Jacques Adnet (1901 - 1984) designed this elegant Art Deco modernist wine bottle carrier or holder in the 1930s. The barware piece boasts a streamlined sculptural geo...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage La Compagnie des Arts Français Furniture

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Set of 12 Saddle Stitched Red Leather Chairs by Jacques Adnet, France
By Jacques Adnet, Compagnie Des Arts Français
Located in Uccle, BE
About this set of 12 chairs by Jacques Adnet A rare set of 12 red leather saddle stitch chairs. Composed of 10 chairs and 2 armchairs with steel armrest...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern La Compagnie des Arts Français Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pair of coffee tables with trestle legs by Jacques Adnet
By Jacques Adnet, Compagnie Des Arts Français
Located in Uccle, BE
Elegant pair of coffee tables by Jacques Adnet with tops entirely covered in black leather, bronze corner protectors. The trestle legs screwed to the reverse, in bronze imitating bam...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern La Compagnie des Arts Français Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Set of four “Metteur en scène” (director’s) armchairs by Jacques Adnet
By Jacques Adnet, Compagnie Des Arts Français
Located in Uccle, BE
Set of four “director” armchairs, the structure and base in black forged steel by Jacques Adnet. The seat and backrest in thick cotton with saddle stitched black leather accents. The...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern La Compagnie des Arts Français Furniture

Materials

Leather, Canvas

Bar Table by Jacques Adnet, Compagnie des Arts Français, France
By Jacques Adnet, Compagnie Des Arts Français
Located in Uccle, BE
About this "Bar Table" by Jacques Adnet Bar table with steel structure entirely covered with rush. The top made up of 3 thick oak elements resting on ties covered in saddle stitche...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern La Compagnie des Arts Français Furniture

Materials

Steel

Letter Rack by Jacques Adnet
By Jacques Adnet, Compagnie Des Arts Français
Located in Henley-on Thames, Oxfordshire
Jacques Adnet & the Compagnie des arts Français letter rack. Chromed metal consisting of a series of vertical blades of curved section resting on rectangul...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage La Compagnie des Arts Français Furniture

Materials

Silver Plate, Brass, Chrome

Rare Jacques Adnet Art Deco Beechwood Brass Bar Cart Trolley, 1940s
By Compagnie Des Arts Français, Jacques Adnet
Located in Paris, IDF
This rare and beautiful bar cart was made by Jacques Adnet for La Compagnie des Arts Français in the early 1940s. It carries with it the elegant mood of the art deco period, especial...
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1940s French Art Deco Vintage La Compagnie des Arts Français Furniture

Materials

Brass

Bridge or Games Table with Folding Legs by Jacques Adnet, France
By Compagnie Des Arts Français, Jacques Adnet
Located in Uccle, BE
Bridge table with folding legs, entirely covered in saddle stitched leather. Steel legs covered in saddle stitched black leather. The top als...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern La Compagnie des Arts Français Furniture

Materials

Leather

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Coffered Desk with Its Matching Chair in the Shape of a Horse Saddle
By Compagnie Des Arts Français, Jacques Adnet
Located in Uccle, BE
Two coffers desk office in steel and wood fully upholstered in red leather with saddle stitching. The right part is equipped of XX drawers, the left is equipped of XX drawers. The ...
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La Compagnie Des Arts Français furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

La Compagnie des Arts Français furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of La Compagnie des Arts Français furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by La Compagnie des Arts Français were created in the mid-century modern style in france during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Marc Held, Michel Boyer, and Alain Chervet. Prices for La Compagnie des Arts Français furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $2,707 and can go as high as $94,525, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $13,031.

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