Jacques Adnet

Jacques Adnet

Jacques Adnet was born in 1900 in the French town of Châtillon-Coligny, went to Auxerre's design school and later studied at the Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Together with his twin brother Jean, Jacques Adnet founded the JJ Adnet design studio. In the 1920s, he was considered to be one of the country's most promising young designers and was invited to art exhibitions such as the "Salon d'automne" and the "Expositions des Arts Décoratifs", where he was awarded prizes for his furniture and accessories. Adnet was one of the first designers to combine metal and glass in structures and decorative surfaces. For Jacques Adnet, function and geometric simplicity were guiding principles with which he further developed the Art Deco style.

At the young age of 28 years, Jacques Adnet was Director of the "La Compagnie des Arts Français (CAF)" which provided him a platform for his modernist furniture combining high-quality wood, chrome-plated metal, leather, parchment and smoked glass. The decorators François Jourdain, Charlotte Perriand and George Jouve worked in his team. During the 1940, Jacques Adnet worked together with the Hermès fashion house, decorated several fashion stores and developed his own luxurious furniture collection. He was entrusted with the decoration of the French president's private rooms at the Elysée Palace and designed the UNESCO's conference room in Paris in the 1950s.

His passion for glass and leather is especially visible in the Adnet Mirror, which is now distributed by the Gubi design label. It is surrounded by an elegant leather frame and symbolizes Jacques Adnet's particular style. The designer and architect died in 1984, yet his furniture and accessories are still very popular because of their timelessness.