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Jean-Michel Frank Furniture

Jean-Michel Frank (France, 1895–1941)

For French interior and furniture designer Jean-Michel Frank (1895–1941), history always had a great allure. He once wrote, “The noble frames that came to us from the past can receive today’s creations.” His career celebrated heritage while promoting new modes of 20th-century design, and it flourished between the World Wars when Frank designed interiors that tastefully mixed extravagance with sophisticated simplicity, often featuring pieces he made with his business partner, cabinetmaker Adolphe Chanaux.

It took personal tragedy for Frank to realize his calling. Frank had been exempted from the World War I draft due to his physical frailty but his brothers both served and died on the front. When his German father applied for French naturalization, he was rejected and placed under house arrest, killing himself shortly after. His mother went into a deep depression and began undergoing psychiatric treatment and died a few years later.

With his large inheritance, Frank joined the Paris culture crowd and there got his start in the burgeoning field of interior design. His signature style, which became known as “luxe pauvre” — “impoverished luxury” — was characterized by clean lines, mixed materials and hard-to-miss details. His interiors for clients including Nelson Rockefeller and Elsa Schiaparelli featured artwork by modern creators like Diego and Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Favoring the color white, he would consider each element of his spartan rooms as part of the whole, from bronze doors to plush antique furnishings, always tastefully rich yet never decadent. He worked on furniture with Chanaux that reinforced this austere style. Some of his most well-known furniture pieces, including the Croisillon table lamps, the Parsons table, brass tripod gueridons and the leather Comfortable chairs that used the Hermès saddle stitch, are extremely simple in their elegant appearance. This attention to refined details, simple luxury and the cohesion of design in a room made him one of the leading tastemakers of 1930s Paris.

After fleeing the Nazi occupation of France (he was part of a Jewish family that included his distant cousin, the diarist Anne Frank), Frank arrived in New York where he killed himself at the age of 46. His commitment to creating home interiors where comfort and fine art could merge and styles could mix in harmony remains influential in design.

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1938 Iron and Leather Bridge/Games Table by Jean-Michel Frank
By Jean-Michel Frank
Located in London, GB
A games table of exceptional quality, demonstrating exactly the designer's mastery of perfectly balanced Minimalist lines. A perfect example of why Jean-Michel Frank is international...
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1930s French Vintage Jean-Michel Frank Furniture

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Iron

Jean Michel Frank Large Straw French Marquetry Box, 1930s
By Jean-Michel Frank
Located in Milan, IT
Astonishing French straw-marquetry box, dating from the 1930s, designed by Jean-Michel Frank.
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jean-Michel Frank Furniture

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Straw

Pair of 1940s Painted Iron Tripod Table Lamps by Jean-Michel Frank
By Jean-Michel Frank
Located in London, GB
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1940s French Vintage Jean-Michel Frank Furniture

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Iron

Armchairs
By Jean-Michel Frank
Located in Paris, FR
Set of four armchairs in oakwood. Manufactured by Atelier d'Art, the luxury branch of the department store La Samaritaine. Certification from Jean-Michel Frank comity.
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jean-Michel Frank Furniture

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Oak

French Dining Table by Jean-Michel Frank produced by Ecart International, 1980
By Jean-Michel Frank, Adolphe Chanaux & Co., Ecart International
Located in Berlin, DE
Big dining table designed by Jean-Michel Frank & Adolphe Chanaux, initially manufactured by Jean-Pierre Guerlain, Reedition from 1980 by Ecart International. This dining table is ma...
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20th Century French Jean-Michel Frank Furniture

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Oak

Pair of Guéridons Tables by Jean Michel Frank for Casa Comte, Argentina, 1939
By Jean-Michel Frank
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Pair of brass guéridons tables by Jean Michel Frank for Casa Comte, Argentina, 1939.  
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1930s Argentine Art Deco Vintage Jean-Michel Frank Furniture

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Brass

Style Jean-Michel Frank Pair of Lamps, Plaster and Wicker, circa 1950, France
By Jean-Michel Frank
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Style Jean-Michel Frank, Pair of lamps, Plaster and wicker, circa 1950, France. Measures: Height 46 cm, diameter 19 cm.
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1970s French Modern Vintage Jean-Michel Frank Furniture

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Wicker, Plaster

Coffee Table Designed by J. M. Frank and A. Chanaux
By Jean-Michel Frank, Ecart International
Located in Paris, FR
End of 20th century coffee table by Jean-Michel Frank and Adolphe Chanaux, edited by Ecart International, in sanded and stained oak. This model was not reedited.
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1990s French Art Deco Jean-Michel Frank Furniture

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Oak

Pair of Stools by Jean-Michel Frank, 1932
By Jean-Michel Frank
Located in Paris, FR
Pair of stools in black varnished beech (not original color), with rectangular seat stretched with black painted cane. The belt and the sheathing feet are sculpted with a Louis XVI m...
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1930s European Art Deco Vintage Jean-Michel Frank Furniture

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Beech

French Art Deco Rattan Chairs Design Jean-Michel Frank for Ecart International
By Jean-Michel Frank, Adolphe Chanaux & Co., Ecart International
Located in Halluin, FR
French Art Deco rattan chairs 1935 model design Jean-Michel Frank for Ecart International composed of a magnificent seating set of 4 chairs in wooden structure adorned with braided r...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jean-Michel Frank Furniture

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Rattan, Wood

Jean-Michel Frank, Straw Marquetry Folding Screen
By Jean-Michel Frank
Located in Paris, FR
Straw marquetry screen opening on three panels. Darkened mahogany stained on both sides. Unsigned, circa 1932 Literature : "Jean-Michel Frank" Le´opold Diego Sanchez, Ed. du Rega...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jean-Michel Frank Furniture

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Straw

Painted Iron and Cast Iron Flowers Pot Holder by Jean Michel Frank, circa 1935
By Jean-Michel Frank
Located in Paris, FR
Painted iron and cast iron flower pot on castors. Fallen branches serving as handles.
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jean-Michel Frank Furniture

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Iron, Iron

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By Jean-Michel Frank
Located in Milan, IT
Astonishing French straw-marquetry box, dating from the 1930s, designed by Jean-Michel Frank.
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jean-Michel Frank Furniture

Jean Michel Frank Large Straw French Marquetry Box, 1930s
By Jean-Michel Frank
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Rare Mirrored Dressing Table by Jean Michel Frank for Comté, 1935–1936
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By Jean-Michel Frank
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Armchair Bridge Rattan Model 1935 Design by JM Franck & A Chanaux for Ecart Int
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  • Four Garden Chairs by Jean-Michel Frank, 1895-1941
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H 33.08 in. W 14.97 in. D 14.97 in.
Style Jean-Michel Frank Pair of Lamps, Plaster and Wicker, circa 1950, France
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Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
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