The masters of design

Design's legacy

In a beautiful spirit of continuity, Monolithe édition is welcoming a vintage collection. The masters of 20th century design, who shaped today’s tastes and lifestyle are showcased through the selection of Emmanuelle Vidal, an antique dealer-decorator. A tribute to the masters of design, whose legacy lives on today, this is Monolithe vintage. .Emmanuelle Vidal, antiquaire ensemblière

The masters of design 

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Franco Albini

Franco Albini (1905-1977) began his carreer working with Gio Ponti before leaving in 1930. His work philisophy was to mix the traditional Italian craft with the modernist movement for an elegant result with a minimalist aestheticism. In 1950, he designed the famous rattan armchairs "Margherita" and "Gala".

Jacques Adnet

The French architect and designer Jacques Adnet (1900 - 1984) said about himself he was "the champion of traditions looking towards the future". His functional and minimalist design put him definitely  in the category of modernist designers, even if his name is often related to Art Déco. He worked with some of the greatest creators, like Charlotte Perriand, René Gabriel or Serge Mouille. His long partnership with Hermès is reflected in the leather work in many of his creations.

Alexandro Albrizzi

The baron Alessandro Rubin de Cervin Albrizzi (1935-1994) has axpressed his talent in many fields : a writer, a photographer, a designer, he has left his imprint in the 1960s Swinging London with the uniqueness of his creations, very populor by the jet-set. Refined and sophisticated lines and the use of new materials are his trademark.

Gae Aulenti

No need to introduce the famous Gae Aulenti (1927-2012) who designed so many iconic pieces of the 20th century like the Pipistrello lamp or the Tavolo con Ruote. Her work as an architect cannot be forgotten too with the superb renovation of Centre Georges Pompidou or the conversion of Gare d'Orsay into a museum.

J. Belarti

J. Belarti is an enigma. First because there are several signatures for a rather uniform production. Belarti can be written in upper or lower case letters (Belarti or BELARTI). Also because different spellings have been used and it is likely that several people used the same name . Sometimes, Belarti becomes Bel Arti. Furthermore, some pieces are signed J. Belarti, others Belarti or J. F. Belarti. Finally, some creations by J. D’Asti, Adri or De Nisco are very similar to pieces signed Belarti. Belarti is often regarded as an alias for Julien de Covemaeker... Some say it's Julien Belarti, and Juliette Belarti for others.

Hans Bellmann

After studying at the Bauhaus and working with Mies Van der Rohe, the Swiss designer and architect Hans Bellmann (1911 - 1990) returned in Switzerland in 1946 to be a freelance architect and to create a series of furniture. His design is distinguished by sober lines and an economy in the materials used, a necessity after WW II. He remains one of the pioneer of classic modernity with the Ga Chair manufactured by Horgenglarus in 1955.

Augusto Bozzi

Augusto Bozzi (1924-1982) indissolubly tied his name to the Saporiti brand when he started designing chairs and armchairs for the Lombard company in the late 1940s. Founder Sergio Saporiti knew he wanted to work with architects and designers who could create products merging simplicity and innovative materials, at the forefront of interior decor trends. Bozzi, with Alberto Rosselli and Giorgio Raimondi, turned his avant-garde ideas into reality.

Angelo Brotto

The Italian designer Angelo Brotto (1914 - 2002) studied in the Academy of Arts in Venice. He specialised in lighting and glass and broke with the traditional codes of Murano glassmaking to give us atypical and contemporary creations.

René-Jean Caillette

René-Jean Caillette (1919 - 2005) graduated from l’Ecole Supérieure des Arts Appliqués. He was famous for his deeply social approach and his will to make mass furniture more accessible. His work is in line with the modernist current. He is one of the most renowned designer post WWII. His creations were full of inventiveness, sobriety and the reflection of his wish to design something simple and accessible. In 1958, he received the Grand Prix du Pavillon Français during the International Exhibit in Brussels for the Diamant chair. René-Jean Caillette has left a deep imprint in the history of design through his will to offer design for all.

Roger Capron

Roger Capron (1922-2006) discovered ceramics after World War II and settled in Vallauris where he created his first workshop and contributed to this art's renewal. Close to Pablo Picasso, he wanted to "create beautiful items accessible to all". He won many awards during his carreer.

Arthur Court

The work of Arthur Court is a constant delight to his fans. The San Francisco based designer created a wide range of sophisticated yet cheerful furnishings and bijoux based on natural forms that included flowers, cacti, antlers and animals. Court’s designs drew on his rich and diverse experiences. He grew up in Minnesota, and his childhood rambles in the woods made him a lifelong naturalist. Navy service in the Pacific during World War II exposed Court to Asian cultures, and later in life Court was fond of taking African safaris. Upon his return from the war, Court moved to San Francisco and opened an interior design business — attracting such high-profile Hollywood clients.

Le Corbusier

Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris (1887 - 1965) was an architect, a designer, a painter, a sculptor and an urbanist. A major figure in the French design of the 20th century, he has bequeathed to us numerous iconic pieces. Along his life, Le Corbusier traveled a lot to gain new technical skills and improve his knowledge. As a representative of the modern movement, he introduced new ideas such as functionalism, purism and the link between nature and architecture.

Pierre Cruège

Pierre Cruège (1913 - 2003) was a French artist decorator and an interior designer. Along with the elitism of his job as a decorator, he was interested in a more democratic approach and got involved in industrial production. Those pieces were manufactured for decades, showing the success of a formula combining the functionalist doctrine post WWII and a luxury and comfort close to the 1940' style.

Robin Day

Robin Day (1915 – 2010) was one of the most significant British furniture designers of the 20th century. He was graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1938. In 1948, he opens his own design studio. Robin Day is best known for his injection-moulded Polypropylene Chair. The first mass-produced injection-moulded polypropylene shell chair in the world, it represented a major breakthrough in furniture design and technology. Tens of millions of Polypropylene Chairs have been produced over the last 50 years

Yann Dessauvages

Yann Dessauvages (1989 - ) is a young self-taught artist/designer from Belgium. Son of a metalworker, he learned very early how to use metal. His references are organic, planetary or geological forms. His work mixes functionality and art, object and subject, tradition and innovation. 

Charles and Ray Eames

Charles and Ray Eames headed the most creative design office in post World War II America. Frequently photographed in matching clothes, poses, or both, each brought a rich array of talents to their life/work partnership (1941-1978) as well as a contagious enthusiasm for life and art. Their studiously simple lifestyle revolved around their “laboratory” workshop and office in Los Angeles. No one worked harder than this pair; and no one took greater pleasure in their work. Together, they (and those who worked in the office) created some of the most iconic furniture of the twentieth century.

Pierre Folie

Pierre Folie (1938 - ) is a French self-taught designer. His experience in industrial design led him to create furniture and objects in steel sheet at the end of the 1960s, before a manufacture by Charpentier in the 1970s. The Hydra lamp is one of his most famous piece. Since the 1990s, Pierre Folie has left design behind him and focuses on pictorial art.

Gianfranco Frattini

An architect, Gianfranco Frattini (1926 - 2004) quickly turned to interior design. He won many awards during his carreer (including the Compasso d'Oro several times) and collaborated with the most prestigiousmakers (Cassina, Knoll, Poltrona Frau,…). He designed iconic pieces of furniture such as the famous nesting tables.

Georges Frydman

Graduated in architecture, Georges Frydman was very interested in furniture products afer meeting Le Corbusier and created his own company in 1954 "Equipement Fonctionnel de l'Habitation" (EFA). His work is characterized by the alliance of architecture and design, modernism and accessibility to everyone. In 1966, he won the René Gabriel award.

René Gabriel

After studying atthe École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs in Paris, René Gabriel (1899 - 1950) starts research on mass production in the middle of the 1920s. His concrete approach of "series" furniture really begins in 1927 when he reveals at the Salon des artistes décorateurs a collection of furniture in oak with neat lines, inspired by stackables elements from Francis Jourdain. In 1944, he was recruted for his knowledge in industrial production of low-fare furniture by the Ministry of Reconstruction and Urbanism to design emergency pieces sold at a symbolic price to the war victims. As a creator of low-fare furniture, René Gabriel is part of the Modern Movement but, unlike the most radical members, his design is sober and modest, using materials and technics compatible with industrial production and the reality of the market. His role in the history of series furniture led the Salon des Arts Ménagers to create the René Gabriel award for innovative designs and a good quality/price ratio.

Gustave Gautier

Gustave Gautier (1911 - 1980), a French post-war architect and designer, was clever enough to combine the rigorous,spare and modernist vision of his peers with the "bourgeois" values of his time. So, he designed simple and minimalist pieces of furniture, but with beautiful materials and finishings, inviting to comfort and relaxation.

Jean Gillon

Jean Gillon (1919–2007) was a Brazilian furniture designer and architect. He started to design furniture due to his architecture clients’ demands and, in 1961, he founded his first company, Fábrica de Móveis Cidam, later followed by WoodArt, in which he produced full lines of Brazilian rosewood furniture pieces and objects, using leather and upholstery as well. A successful businessman, he turned to exports and at one point he worked with twenty two different countries.

Ole Gjerlov-Knudsen...

The fruitful partnership between the Danish designer/cabinetmaker Ole Gjerlov-Knudsen and the architect Torben Lind gave birth to several series of furniture for the manufacturers France & Son and Fritz Hansen. Their most famous piece is the Moduline Sofa in 1962.

Pierre Guariche

Graduated from Ecole des Arts décoratifs in Paris, the French interior decorator Pierre Guariche (1926 - 1995) created his work shop in the 1950s with the designer Joseph-André Motte. All along his carreer, he has collaborated with the most famous editors of his time : Meurop, Airborne, Steiner... His design is remarkable for its cleverness and the simple and minimalist lines used to create timeless pieces of furniture.

Gérard Guermonprez

After his training at Ecole Boulle, the French designer Gérard Guermonprez showcased his creations at the Salon des Arts Ménagers between 1954 and 1976. His design is made of simple and functional lines, furniture in light wood resting on black lacquered metal legs. The partnership with Magnani aloowed him to be sold in France and beyond.

Jacques Hauville

Graduated from Ecole Supérieure des Arts et Métiers, Jacques Hauville (1922 - ) began his carreer under the guidance of Marcel Gascoin, one of the most important post-war decorator. In 1948, his creations are noticed at the Salon des Arts Ménagers, enabling him to work for many manufacturers. His design is inspired by the Scandinavian's with lot of light wood and favouring curves and soft lines

Alfred Hendrickx

The Belgium designer Alfred Hendrickx (1931 - ) worked with the maker Belform to create pieces of furniture mixing industrial and scandinavian styles, precious woods and metal, with very elegant lines.

Jacques Hitier

Graduated from Ecole Boulle, Jacques Hitier (1917 - 1999) got noticed by the brand Mobilor thanks to his school furniture in metal tubes : the company Tubauto will urge him to adapt them for housing. He enjoyed combining metal with natural materials like fabric or wood.

Peter Hvidt

The Danish designer Peter Hvidt (1916 - 1986) completed his training at the Design School in Copenhagen and worked for several firms before he co-founded his own studio with an other Danish designer,  Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen in the 1940s till 1975. Peter H. designed furniture mainly for the manufacturers Fritz Hansen and France & Son. Some of his most famous creations are showcased at the MOMA in New-York and the Danish Museum of Art & Design in Copenhagen.

Arne Wahl Iversen

The Danish designer and architect Arne Wahl Iversen (1927 - 2016) has worked for many manufacturers during the 1950s and 1960s, from the most prestigious like Hans Hansen, to the most popular like Ikea.

Hans-Agne Jakobsson

The Swedish designer Hans-Agne Jakobsson (1919 - 2009) was mostly focused on lighting. Throughout his carreer, he tried different materials, like brass, fabric, metal, glass or wood shavings to favour non-dazzle light and to totally cover up light bulbs. In 1951, he founded his own firm, AB Markaryd, to manufacture his creations.

Grete Jalk

Grete Jalk (1920 - 2006) studied philosophy then cabinetmaking before turning to design at the school of arts and crafts in Copenhagen.She opened her first workshop in the beginning of the 1950s where she designed elegant pieces of furniture with smooth curves. She has contributed a lot to the international outreach of Danish design, especially through her creations for Fritz Hansen.

Cesar Janello

As an architect and designer, Cesar Janello (1918-1985) is at the origin of moder design in Argentina. One of his most iconic piece is the W Chair, noticeable for its sculptural legs. He was also deeply involved in Buenos Aires evolvement with buildings like the Torre de America or the bridge over Figueroa Alcorta avenue.

Curtis Jere

C. Jeré ( or Curtis Jere) is a metalwork artist of wall sculptures and household accessories. Curtis Jere is a compound nom de plume of artists Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels. The work of Curtis Jere displays a sense of playfulness and curiosity, while drawing on inspirations and themes that include flowers, discs, geometric forms and animal figures. Freiler and Fels had a masterful ability to work with different materials, such as patinated brass and brilliant chrome.

Vladimir Kagan

The son of a Russian cabinetmaker and born in Germany, Vladimir Kagan's (1927 - 2016) childhood was cut short by the rise of the Nazis. He emigrated to the United States in 1938. His early focus was painting and sculpture but in the following years he became eagerly attracted to architecture and design. His Midcentury modern furniture with "Sinuous wooden frame characteristics" has a modern feel. His style, inspired by everything from antiques and nature to the Bauhaus, emphasizes comfort and functionality.

Poul Kjaerholm

The work of the Danish designer Poul Kjaerholm (1929 - 1980) is mainly remarkable for the elegance and subtlety of the lines, the care for details and the refusal to artistic compromises. Unlike the other designers in Denmark that mainly work with wood, he was more interested in metal, which he liked to mix with natural material like leather or rattan. The PK22 chair is one of the most emblematic example.

John Keal

John Keal was a member of the gang of talented designers (Paul Frankl, Paul Lazlo and Gilbert Rhode included), who worked for LA furniture manufacturer Brown-Saltman in the fifties. The company’s tagline: “Live in the Modern Mode.”

Florence Knoll

Florence Knoll (1917 - ) was very influenced by the masters of design she met during her studies in art and architecture. Thanks to her, Knoll International entered a new era : she recruited Harry Bertoia, Eero Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe, Isamu Noguchi et Marcel Breuer and designed herself some products that are now icons. She was one of the first to understand that architects needed to have substantial input in furniture design.

Roger Landault

Roger Landault is a French designer who won several awards, including the first and second prices of the French Furniture Contest, and worked for a long time with the company A.B.C. to create pieces of furniture. He also was one of the first designer to design signed serial furnishing.

Ross Littell

Ross F. Littell (July 14, 1924 - April 17, 2000) was an American textile and furniture designer known for his practical, innovative, and minimalist style as part of the Good Design movement of the 1950s. His three-legged T-chair, designed in 1952 with William Katavolos and Douglas Kelley, is part of the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, along with the Art Institute of Chicago.

Hartmut Lohmeyer

Newly graduated in architecture, the German designer Hartmut Lohmeyer started his carreer by teaching before working in freelance as an architect end furniture designer. Most of his creations were manufactured by the German company Wilkhahn in the 1950s and the 1960s.

Peter Lovig Nielsen

Peter Lovig Nielsen is part of the modern Danish designers in the 1950s and the 1960s. He designed a lot of of desks, tables and storages in teak, rosewood or walnut, with curved lines. One of his most famous piece is the Boomerang Desk (1956) manufactured by Hedensted Møbelfabrik.

Paul McCobb

After World War II, the American designer Paul McCobb (1917 - 1969) has worked with several manufacturers and editors and created for them many series of furniture. His taste for eclecticism led him to design for television and radio networks, as well as for manufacturers of hi-fi equipment.

Bruno Mathsson

Bruno Mathsson (1907 - 1988) was a cabinet maker and a designer at the same time. He's one of the founders of the scandinavian design and remains famous for his seating in canvas webbing, including the Eva Chair.

Borge Mogensen

After studies in furniture design then architecture, the Danish designer Børge Mogensen (1914 - 1972) began his carreer near the founder of modern Danish design, Kaare Klint. He created his own in 1959 and won many awards. Along with his peers Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner, he acquired an international reputation thanks to the functional furniture with neat lines he conceived.

André Monpoix

André Monpoix (1925-1976) was one of the designers' leaders after World War II. Graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, he has collaborated with the most famous manufacturers of his time (Meubles TV, Artifort, Huchers Minvielle,...). Throughout his carreer, he loved to combine traditional materials like wood with industrial ones.

Joseph André Motte

A student of René Gabriel and graduated from School of Applied Arts, Joseph-André Motte (1925 - 2013) was one of the founders of Plastic Research Workshop with Pierre Guariche and has collaborated also with Alain Richard, then the brand Steiner. He worked on major projects like Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport or subway stations in Paris. Regarding furniture, his style is characterized by classic lines he liked to revisit and the great care to the materials he chose to use.

Carlo Nason

Born in Murano, Carlo Nason was clearly influenced by the master glassmakers of the famous island. But he gave to his creations a new dimension, more modernist, more daring.

Miroslav Navratil

Along with the architect Zden k Plesnik, Miroslav Navratil brought modernist design in Czechoslavakia of the second half of the 20th century. Deeply inspired by Scandinavian and American design, he created progressive and modern pieces of furniture with a great care for production quality and detail.

George Nelson

George Nelson (1908 - 1986) is one of the founders of American modernism. He worked particularly with Charles and Ray Eames and with Isamu Nogushi for the greatest manufacturers, like Herman Miller or Vitra. Throughout his carreer, he designed many cult items, such as the Coconut Chair (1955) or the Marshmallow Sofa (1956).

Verner Panton

The Danish designer Verner Panton (1926 - 1998) started his carreer in the early 1950s with Arne Jacobsen, before creating his own design studio in 1955. His work is remarkable for its avant-garde style and the strong taste for seating : he deconstructed the classic frame, going so far as to wipe the legs out, to deform the back and to use bright colours or brand-new materials.

Ico Parisi

Domenico, aka Ico Parisi (1916-1996) was a brillant jack-of-all-trades : he studied building construction, worked for architects, founded two architecture groups, designed jewellery and directed movies ! Mostly, he introduced a very modern style to 1950s Italian furniture, which led him to work for the greatest editors such as Cassina, M.I.M. or Longhi.

Pierre Paulin

Pierre  Paulin (1927 - 2009) is one of the most famous French designer in the world. He began his carreer near the great decorator Marcel Gascoin before meeting success at the Salon des Arts Ménagers in 1953. He then started his partnership with the French manufacturer Thonet. During the 1960s, he worked with Artifort and created many seating with innovative materials and avant-garde design.

Charlotte Perriand

An architect and designer, Charlotte Perriand (1903 - 1999) worked with the most famous designers : Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, Jean Prouvé, Serge Mouille, Eileen Gray, Francis Jourdain… Deeply inspired by Japan, she used natural materials for a pure and powerful design to create functional and comfortable pieces of furniture. She took part in architectural layouts like the University Residence in Paris or the ski resort Les Arcs.

Maurice Pré

Graduated from Ecole Boulle, Maurice Pré (1907-1988) has always wanted to confront his theoretical knowledge to the new techniques and materials. He also made a point of honour to listen to customers to meet their needs, while leading them toward the designer or architect's vision : he named it "a directed initiative"

Charles Ramos

A total self-taught-man, Charles Ramos (1925 - ) has opened his decoration agency in 1950, in partnership with Castellatta who will manufacture almost all of his creations. He has actively collaborated  on the rebuilding in Normandy after the war with an other interior designer, Louis Baillon.

Alain Richard

Graduated in 1949 from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris under the teaching of the famous René Gabriel, the French designer Alain Richard (1926 - ) has collaborated to major projects with RATP, Orly Airport or the Banque de France. He also designed many pieces of furniture for the companies Vecchione and Meubles TV. His work earned him many awards, including the grand prize at the Milan Triennale or the René Gabriel prize.

Willy Rizzo

Willy Rizzo (1928 - 2013) was an Italian-French photographer and designer. Until the end of the 1960's, he worked as a photographer for the greatest newspapers and took pictures of the mos famous stars. In 1968, he went bac to Italy and founded his own furniture company, influenced by the masters of design such as Le Corbusier or Mies Van der Rohe. He favoured noble materials like wood, marble, brass or stainless steel.

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings (1905 - 1976) was trained in architecture at the London University before leaving for the USA in 1929. Very inspired by ancient Greek furniture, he has developped a series of pieces very valued by famous people of this time. From 1943 to 1956, he worked with the manufacturer Widdicomb and designed modernist pieces of furniture, with generous and elegant lines.

Eero Saarinen

During his studies, Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) befriended Charles and Ray Eames and Florence Knoll. So it was logical for him to work for Knoll International to produce the iconic Tulip Chair (1957) or the Womb Chair (1948). His work in architecture was also very famous, as illustrated by the neo-futuristic TWA terminal in JFK international airport. Eero Saarinen is truly one of the masters of design and architecture of the 20th century.

Max Sauze

Max Sauze was inspired by his youth in Algeria. Graduated from Fine Arts School and Camondo School, he turns to the aluminium work in the 1970s to create a collection of astonishing lighting making him a genuine artist as well as a great designer. Some of his creations are now re-edited by his son.

Pierre Vandel

Trained at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées then at the school of Arts and Crafts, the French designer Pierre Vandel (1939 - ) was one of the most prolific and eclectic designer of his time : he was interested in hi-fi equipment, lighting or fish tanks ! In 1969, he has collaborated with the company Marais International before meeting Pierre Cardin who encouraged him to create his own firm, Pierre-Vandel-Paris, that made him famous all around the world.

Hans Wegner

As a cabinet maker, Hans Wegner (1914 - 2007) worked for the most famous Danish architects of his time, which incites him to become a furniture designer. Among others, he collaborated with Arne Jacobsen and the firms PP Møbler, Fritz Hansen and Carl Hansen & Søn. His work was in the modernist movement and is often referred to as an organic functionalism, due to the extreme minimalism of his creations combined with genuine comfort.

Edward Wormley

The American designer Edward Wormley (1907-1995) has mainly worked for the manufacturer Dunbar and contributed to bring modern design in American interiors. Very inspired by classic furniture, he has created timeless pieces with precious materials.