Architect and decorator, Adnet worked for Maurice Dufrene and two years later followed him to work for the masters of the Galeries Lafayette [department store]. Keen on functionalism, Adnet created well-built, essential furniture.
In 1928, Adnet left the Galeries Lafayette workshops and, in the same year, took over management of la Compagnie des Arts Francais (The French Arts Company) which was founded by Sue and Mare in 1919.
In the 1930s, Adnet utilized more and more metal and glass.
Despite his training in architecture, Adnet did not design his furniture as elements of an interior space, but rather as perfectly independent entities. He produced many furniture ensembles, such as for the office of the President of the Republic at the Rambouillet Chateau and for several cruise ships.
At the Exposition of the Arts and Techniques of 1937 in Paris, the construction of the Saint-Gobain Pavilion earned him the grand prize in architecture.
Cf. P. KJELLBERG, Art Déco, Les maîtres du mobilier, Le décor des paquebots, Ed. de l’Amateur, Paris, 2000, p. 29 à 32.