René Gabriel Extremely Rare Sofa in Solid Oak

$8,450.00 USD

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Rene Gabriel for Lieuvin, settee in oak and green blue fabric, France, design circa 1946.

This hard-to-find sofa is designed by the French artist René Gabriel who is known for his constructivist approach to furniture design. This model was presented at the ’Salon des Artistes Décorateurs' in 1946, a prominent association of French upcoming designers of furniture. The design conceals an evolved rustic character with great quality of elegance. This is discernible in the wooden frame executed in oak which is based on a construction of sharp horizontal and vertical lines. The slightly titled backrest is based on evenly placed slats and, together with the tapered legs, underline the essence of this design. The sofa is an elegant and well-proportioned piece within a simplistic construction that allows it to fit seamlessly into any interior.

A frontrunner of French design, René Gabriel (1899-1950) started his career as an interior decorator during the interbellum in France. His extensive career is well documented, due to the discovery of thousands of drawings, kept at l’École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs where he taught his students. It ensures that nowadays we are able to understand the wide versatility in his designs and thoughts on furniture, architecture and interior. Gabriel was a designer with a very broad interest in creating everyday objects such as furniture, wallpaper, textile designs, architecture, illustration, and advertising.

Gabriel is known to be a socially concerned designer as well. He was a keen believer in creating great furniture that was to be accessible for everyone. He vowed that he would devote himself strictly to "the creation and distribution of furniture and equipment capable of bringing comfort and joy to those who are not privileged in fortune". It made sure he became very involved in the production process of his furniture and choices in joints and wood types. This chair represents his democratic ideas in optima forma. With this modest yet modern and clean design and his choice for solid beech, Gabriel design shows a rationalist and modern approach to furniture design. The chair, stripped of all unnecessary decoration clearly shows that Gabriel was an avant-garde and forward-thinking designer of the 1930s. The French decorative arts magazine 'Arts et Décoration' showed his designs in the December issue of 1934.
Please note that we advise reupholstery before use. This can be done before shipping by our experienced craftsman in our own in-house restoration atelier. With high attention for the original, they make sure every piece retains its value and is ready for the many years to come. We kindly ask you to contact our design experts for further information about the endless possibilities our restoration and upholstery atelier has to offer. Of course, a locally organized reupholstery is possible as well.

 

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Product details

  • condition Good
  • creator Rene Gabriel (Designer) Rene Gabriel (Designer)
  • date of manufacture 1950s
  • dimensions Height 35.44 in. Width 47.25 in. Depth 32.68 in.
  • dimensions Height 90 cm Width 120 cm Depth 83 cm
  • material Fabric Oak
  • origin France
  • period 1950-1959
  • style Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Reference Number 45002256