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Jean-Michel Frank

French, 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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High table 1935 by A. Chanaux and J.M. Frank, Ed. Ecart Intl., France circa 2000
By Jean-Michel Frank, Ecart International
Located in Paris, FR
Dining room table designed by Jean-Michel Frank and Adolphe Chanaux in 1935. Stained oak and “sun” wenge veneer. Reedited by Ecart International. Width: 150 cm (59 inches) Depth: 15...
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1990s French Mid-Century Modern Jean-Michel Frank

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Wood, Oak, Wenge

F.FRANCK 1932- 5 sillas
By Jean-Michel Frank
Located in MADRID, ES
Serie de cinco sillas en madera de haya con respaldo de góndola del diseñador F.franck, numeradas «43700», 1932. Jean-Michel Frank. Decorador y diseñador. Jean-Michel Frank, en real...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Jean-Michel Frank

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Beech

  •  F.FRANCK 1932-  5 sillas
  •  F.FRANCK 1932-  5 sillas
  •  F.FRANCK 1932-  5 sillas
  •  F.FRANCK 1932-  5 sillas
H 34.65 in W 18.9 in D 17.72 in
Pair of Original Jean-Michel Frank “Croisillon” Bronze Table Lamps, circa 1935
By Jean-Michel Frank
Located in London, GB
An important pair of original bronze "Croisillon" lamps from the private collection of Dulce Martinez de Hop; a famous client of Jean-Michel Frank and star of the social scene in Paris during the 1920's and 30's. She constantly featured in glossy magazines as "Madame Martinez...
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1930s French Vintage Jean-Michel Frank

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Bronze

Pair of 1940 Iron Tripod Table Lamps by Jean-Michel Frank
By Jean-Michel Frank
Located in London, GB
These exceptional table lamps demonstrate Jean-Michel Franks mastery of perfectly balanced minimalist lines, with their tapered legs, exquisite texture and precise detailing. Execute...
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1940s Argentine Vintage Jean-Michel Frank

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Iron

Mirror
By Jean-Michel Frank
Located in Paris, FR
Rectangular mirror with molded oak frame. The mirror is dated on the reverse : 6.11.39 Numbered and labeled in the name of Marcel Raval. A certificate of the Jean-Michel Frank c...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jean-Michel Frank

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Oak

  • Mirror
  • Mirror
  • Mirror
  • Mirror
H 39.38 in W 29.14 in D 0.79 in
Jean-Michel Franck Straw Marquetry Box, 1930
By Jean-Michel Frank
Located in Paris, IDF
Beautiful Jean-Michel Frank straw marquetry decorative box from the 1930s. Carved from beech wood fully covered by straw marquetry with radiating patterns. It has been fully restored, with slight traces on the marquetry remaining, and the yellow velvet fabric inside that was pretty damaged has been replaced by a black velvet fabric. The box is unsigned, but really similar in size and pattern to Jean-Michel Frank boxes...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jean-Michel Frank

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Straw, Beech, Velvet

Console table designed by Jean-Michel Frank made by Casa COMTE
By Jean-Michel Frank, Comte S.A.
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
Writing desk made of oak with leather covered top and golden vignette. The table has 8 drawers, 4 on each side. Design by Jean-Michel Frank(1895-1941). France, CIRCA 1930.
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1930s Argentine Art Deco Vintage Jean-Michel Frank

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Leather, Oak

Mahogany Table by Jean-Michel Frank & Casa Comte Srl
By Jean-Michel Frank
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
Low table in mahogany wood with leather and golden vignette. Design by Jean-Michel Frank (1895-1941), made by CASA COMTE (1932-1960). The table is numbered ...
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1940s Argentine Art Deco Vintage Jean-Michel Frank

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Leather, Mahogany

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Jean-michel Frank furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Jean-Michel Frank furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Jean-Michel Frank furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Jean-Michel Frank were created in the Art Deco style in france during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Comte S.A., Lucien Rollin, and Atelier Majorelle. Prices for Jean-Michel Frank furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,941 and can go as high as $77,081, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $21,700.
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