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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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Jean Michel Frank Lounge Armchair and Ottoman Velvet, 1932
By Adolphe Chanaux & Co., Ecart International, Jean-Michel Frank
Located in Vienna, AT
Armchair designed by Jean Michel Frank in 1932 with one matching ottoman, manufactured by Ecart, acquired in the showroom Jean-Michel Frank in the 1960 and re-upholstered with Rubell...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jean-Michel Frank

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Fabric, Oak, Velvet, Leather

Bridge Table
By Jean-Michel Frank
Located in Paris, FR
Oak bridge table with a square top opening in the waist with a drawer and resting on four sheath legs. Stamped " L CHANAUX & Cie " and numbered 11611, drawer marked C8 and belt num...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jean-Michel Frank

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Oak

  • Bridge Table
  • Bridge Table
  • Bridge Table
  • Bridge Table
H 27.56 in. W 27.56 in. D 27.56 in.
Pair of 1940s Painted Iron Tripod Lamps by Jean-Michel Frank
By Jean-Michel Frank
Located in London, GB
These exceptional table lamps demonstrate the designer's mastery of perfectly balanced minimalist lines, with their tapered legs, exquisite texture and precise detailing. Executed by...
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1940s French Vintage Jean-Michel Frank

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Iron

Jean Michel Frank Large Straw Marquetry Decorative Box, 1930s
By Jean-Michel Frank
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant straw marquetry decorative lidded box designed by Jean Michel Frank (1895 - 1941). Long rectangular shape, with a refined geometric design, interior in cork. No visible maker...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jean-Michel Frank

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Straw, Wood, Cork

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

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Straw

1938 Iron and Leather 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

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Iron

French Art Deco Rattan Chairs Design Jean-Michel Frank for Ecart International
By Jean-Michel Frank, Adolphe Chanaux & Co., Ecart International
Located in Tourcoing, 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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20th Century French Art Deco Jean-Michel Frank

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Rattan, Wood

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

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Oak

  • Armchairs
  • Armchairs
  • Armchairs
  • Armchairs
H 29.93 in. W 21.34 in. D 20.28 in.
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Jean-Michel Frank furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Jean-Michel Frank furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Jean-Michel Frank furniture there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 5 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Jean-Michel Frank's original furniture was created in the Art Deco style in France during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Maison Dominique, Lucien Rollin and Francis Jourdain. Prices for Jean-Michel Frank furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $2,081 and tops out at $43,937, while pieces like these can sell for $5,520 on average.

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