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Jean-Michel FRANK (1895-1941)

Depsite a relatively limited production, this decorator achieved notoriety in the last years preceding World War II.

From 1927, however, he attracted attention through two furnished salons at the home of the Viscount of Noailles.The décor and furnishings of these rooms characterized his approach: style, calm, sober, at the same time lyrical and distinguished, right angles, a search for refined materials and subtle decorative effects.

Around 1930, with Adolphe Chanaux, Jean-Michel Frank furnished his apartment at 7 rue de Verneuil in Paris. This collaboration between the two men would henceforth continue, and it was in the workshop of Chanaux at la Ruche in the 15th arrondissement of Paris that their furnishings would be created.

Frank and Chanaux did no advertising and did not usually figure in any expositions. Their furnishings were destined for an elite and wealthy clientele among which were Elsa Schiaparelli, Jean-Pierre Guerlain, and Nelson Rockerfeller.

In 1932, Frank opened with Chanaux a boutique on rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honore. In 1939, when war threatened again, he went to Buenos Aires, then later settled in New York until the end of his days in 1941.

 

Cf. P. KJELLBERG, Art Déco, Les maîtres du mobilier, Le décor des paquebots, Ed. de l’Amateur, Paris, 2000, p. 100 to 103.