Jacques Adnet (1900-1984) was one of the most important French designers, architects, and interior designers of the Art Deco period and the 20th Century. He was inspired by pre-classical styles and believed that furniture should be functional and geometrically simplistic. Adnet developed his signature style of iconic leather-covered furniture in the late 1940s whilst working with Hermès.

Once Adnet had graduated from l’École des Beaux-Arts he lived and worked in close proximity with his twin brother Jean at Studio La Maitrise until the age of 28. He then went on to direct La Compagnie des Arts Français from 1928-1960, working with François Jourdan, Charlotte Perriand and Georges Jouve in his team of decorators. Adnet was also president of Salon des Artistes Decorateurs from 1947-1949 and director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 1959-1970. As of the 1950s Adnet created furniture and carried out important commissions, including the President’s private apartments at the Elysée Palace and the meeting room at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

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