Jacques Adnet: Luxurious Simplicity

Designer, Jacques Adnet was an icon of luxurious French Modernism.  He attended  École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and was inspired by pre-classical styles and his avant-garde take on traditional pieces. Adnet believed in the functional aspect of furniture combined with geometric simplicity above all else. His streamlined, modernist designs emphasized luxurious materials – such as leather, chromed metals, mirror and precious woods. In 1950, Adnet formed a partnership with the French fashion house, Hermés, where he developed a collection of leather-covered furniture and interior accessories. One of his most iconic designs is the Adnet Mirror, a single circular pane hung from a leather strap. “What a lot of work to achieve simplicity,” he once said. During the 50’s he received numerous commissions as the designer for private apartments of the President at the Elysée Palace and the meeting room of the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Throughout his career Jacques Adnet forged relationships with a team of noteworthy collaborators including Charlotte Perriand, George Jove, Alexandre Noll and Serge Mouille. Ultimately he is best known as a designer who linked tradition and modernism with his inventive, elegant creations, defining himself as ‘innovative and classical, the champion of a tradition looking forwards.’
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This Adnet armchair is constructed of black leather, with a cantilevered back perched on an enameled steel base, from the early 1950’s.
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Adnet’s black bamboo desk has a central drawer with a gilded brass ring under a panel suspended over two saw horse splayed legs, in brass, steel and leather. Adnet’s design from the 1950’s still influences desks designed today.
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A superb example of Adnet’s modernist take on the traditional. This six light chandelier combines classical with modern, in brass and gun metal finish, c.1950’s
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The rocking chair re-defined. Adnet’s leather and enameled steel rocker is yet another stunning example of his innovative interpretation on a classical piece, functional at the same time visually appealing, c.1950’s.
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An articulated desk lamp, this piece is a later addition to Adnet’s work. Manufactured in the 1960’s, it is constructed of black leather, steel and boasts a  Perspex shade.
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His signature piece, the Adnet Mirror is a simple round leather mirror with brass hinges. Besides the remarkable leather and brass details, the mirror is also unique as the strap that holds the mirror is in direct proportion to the dimension of the mirror, c.1950’s.
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This seven light showstopping sconce from Adnet seems to channel the elements of fire and wind combined with a surreal take on a farm implement. Constructed of black painted wrought iron, there is a gilded metal star decorating the center, c.1950.
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This decorative hook showcases Adnet’s signature look. The iron frame wrapped with saddle leather makes functional simply beautiful, c.1950’s.