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Jean Michel Frank Lounge Armchair and Ottoman Velvet, 1932

$15,900

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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 Rubelli Venezia green velvet fabric. Great comfort chair and ottoman in wonderful condition. Jean-Michel remains to be one of the most legendary, prolific and tragic figures in interior design. Known for his minimalistic forms and radical design approaches as well as use of materials and cooperations with other masters as Diego Giacometti or Adolphe Chanaux. These 2 pieces have been customized and re-upholstered with some luxurious Rubelli Venezia green velvet fabric, the cost of the fabric alone lies around 3k Dollars. Both pieces are in very good condition, the cushions are still sturdy and very comfortable. The feet are from varnished oak. Dimensions are H.31.5" x W.31.5 x D.31.5". Seat height is 16". Ottoman: 23.6" x 23.6" x 18".

Details

  • Creator
    Ecart International (Manufacturer),Adolphe Chanaux & Co. (Designer),Jean-Michel Frank (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.5 in. (80.01 cm)Width: 31.5 in. (80.01 cm)Depth: 31.5 in. (80.01 cm)Seat Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1965
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. Re-upholstered with luxurious Rubelli Venezia green velvet fabric. Very good condition, the cushions are still sturdy and very comfortable.
  • Seller Location
    Vienna, AT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU993528765942

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    Ships From: Vienna, Austria
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About the Designer

Jean-Michel Frank

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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About the Seller
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Located in Vienna, Austria

A destination for collectors, designers and architects from around the world, Derive specializes in carefully curated, unique pieces of postwar and postmodern design from such manufacturers as Lobmeyr, B&B Italy and Maison Jansen and distinguished designers like Josef Hoffmann, Ettore Sottsass and Max Ingrand. Derive also offers a full menu of services, including rewiring, deep restoration, upholstery and customization

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