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Jacques Adnet

French, 1901-1984

One of the most elegant and innovative 20th-century French furniture designers, Jacques Adnet created a simple, unadorned signature style that is both trim and vigorous. He began his career in the heyday of the Art Deco era, and in the 1950s, in association with Hermès, created chairs, lamps, desks and other pieces that employed slender metal frames clad in stitched saddle leather. With such furnishings, Adnet brought a fashion sensibility to design and decor that had not been seen since the 1920s prime of the great Paris couturier-decorator Paul Poiret.

Adnet was born in a provincial town in Burgundy, where he studied design before moving, along with his twin brother, Jean, to Paris to study at the École des Arts Décoratifs. After their graduation in the early 1920s, the brothers were hired to work in the decorative-arts atelier of the department store Galeries Lafayette, under the direction of Maurice Dufrêne, an Art Deco master who developed a singularly robust and opulent style. Both Adnets showed their work at the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes — the design fair from which the term Art Deco is derived

In 1928, Jacques Adnet took charge of the struggling La Compagnie des Arts Français, a decorative-arts firm founded by Louis Süe and André Mare that created modern furnishings that bore traces of 18th-century styling. Adnet immediately took the company in a different direction. He developed a simple lithe and lean look that incorporated industrial materials such as metal and glass, along with exotic woods and finishes such as parchment and sharkskin. Adnet’s furniture begs to be described in terms of personalities: charming faux-bamboo side tables, suave chrome lighting, urbane club chairs. His most noted pieces — sleek metal frames wrapped in Hermès leather — have a character all their own: Smooth, elegant and self-assured, they inhabit a room with the same wit and grace as Jean-Paul Belmondo and Catherine Deneuve.

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Jacques Adnet Desk and Bookcase
By Jacques Adnet
Located in Philadelphia, PA
French Modernist Art Deco desk and bookcase in slip-matched macassar ebony with sycamore interior in bookcase. French, circa 1935. Desk: 88" wide at its widest point x 38 deep (3...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jacques Adnet

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Ebony, Sycamore

  • Jacques Adnet Desk and Bookcase
  • Jacques Adnet Desk and Bookcase
  • Jacques Adnet Desk and Bookcase
  • Jacques Adnet Desk and Bookcase
H 31 in. W 88 in. D 38 in.
Stitched Leather Table Lamp by Jacques Adnet, France, 1950
By Jacques Adnet
Located in Paddock Wood Tonbridge, GB
Stitched leather table lamp by Jacques Adnet France 1950 A table lamp by Jacques Adnet, produced in France in the 1950’s from beautifully patinated green stitched leather and fixed ...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jacques Adnet

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Leather

Small Jacques Adnet 'Rectangulaire' Wall Mirror in Black Leather for GUBI
By Jacques Adnet, Gubi
Located in Glendale, CA
Small Jacques Adnet 'Rectangulaire' wall mirror in black leather for GUBI. Originally designed by Jacques Adnet in the 1950s, this incredibly refined mirror is executed in high quali...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Jacques Adnet

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Brass

Jacques Adnet Large Circulaire Mirror with Brown Leather
By Jacques Adnet, Gubi
Located in Glendale, CA
Jacques Adnet large Circulaire mirror with brown leather. Designed in 1950 by Jacques Adnet and executed in leather, brass, and glass. The Circulaire mirror was the result of a partn...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Jacques Adnet

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Brass

Jacques Adnet Chairs for Air France
By Jacques Adnet
Located in New York, NY
Rare chairs for the Air France lounge by Jacques Adnet, the legs can go forward or back, original upholstery, price includes upholstery in COM. Sold in pairs. 3 pairs available.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Jacques Adnet

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Chrome

  • Jacques Adnet Chairs for Air France
  • Jacques Adnet Chairs for Air France
  • Jacques Adnet Chairs for Air France
  • Jacques Adnet Chairs for Air France
H 31 in. W 26.5 in. D 21.5 in.
1950s Rattan and Stitched Leather Magazine Rack by Jacques Adnet
By Jacques Adnet
Located in Bois-Colombes, FR
1950s rattan and stitched leather magazine rack by Jacques Adnet France Rare in green.
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1950s European Vintage Jacques Adnet

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Leather, Rattan

Jacques Adnet Bottle Opener and Ice Tongs Bar Set
By Jacques Adnet
Located in London, GB
Jacques Adnet 1950s bottle opener / ice hammer and ice tongs bar set in original case. Stylish and functional bar wear from the master of French modernist design. Tongs L 20 cm. Open...
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1950s French Modern Vintage Jacques Adnet

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Chrome

Jacques Adnet Yellow Leather and Black Iron Magazine Rack, 1950, France
By Jacques Adnet
Located in The Hague, NL
Mid-Century Modern magazine rack designed by Jacques Adnet in 1950s, France. Black iron frame with yellow leather details. Marked at the bottom.     
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jacques Adnet

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Iron

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