Pair of Lounge Chairs in Patinated Burgundy Leather by Jacques Adnet
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Jacques Adnet, pair of lounger chairs to reupholster, leather and metal, France, late 1950s.
Pair of armchairs by the French designer Jacques Adnet, featuring a tubular steel frame, clad with patinated leather. The use of tubular steel started in the 1920s and quickly became a Futurist, almost vainglorious trope. Adnet's introduced the frame cladded with leather, which was an ingenious move; maintaining the avant-garde constructions with and lean shaped, but adding a luxuriant dimension without adding volume.
Adnet, just like his fellow contemporarie Jean Royère, André Arbus, Mathieu Matégot and Pierre Guariche, opted to take Art Deco's robust expressions and make them more simple and direct. In addition, they preserved Deco's bespoke/artisanal fabrication, not giving in to the postwar industrial goadings.