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About the ItemA chic set featuring four signature Design Memoires: Bauhaus, Eames, Jean-Michel Frank and Le Corbusier
From 1919 to 1933, in Weimar, Dessau, and Berlin, the Bauhaus (literally, "house of construction") was much more than just a design movement. It was a modern Utopia. Painters, teachers, architects, urban planners, artisans, engineers, actors, musicians, photographers, and designers worked together on this new concept of everyday life. Their experimental ideabeautiful, functional and scrupulously clearbecame the style of the 20th century.
Pioneers of the 1950s and of the optimistic American way of life, Charles and Ray Eames created the greatest modern furniture "classics" between 1941 and 1978. They designed more than 20 chair models, mostly unique pieces, and developed know-how in the art of sitting. The Plywood Chairs LCW and DCW (1946), the Aluminum Group (1958) and the Lounge Chair (1956) have become true symbols of design that remain references today. Still produced, they inspire the admiration of new generations to convey the generous social ideal of their designers. The wholehearted dedication of Charles and Ray Eames to creating beautiful and top-quality mass-market products, and the joy imparted through their free forms, gave rise to the myth of a human and sensual modernity. A mythical couple, probably one of the most productive and creative of the 20th century.
Between 1932 and 1940, J.M. Frank completely reinvented the vocabulary of decorative arts. Working in Paris, New York and South America, Frank was inspired by neo-classicism, abstract art and primitive art. He sought to create an original style for the thirties, a style whose elegance gained him the patronage of an elite clientele. J.M. Frank's name has come to serve as a reference for collectors. The decorative principles he created are still today the basis for the minimalist style that dominates contemporary decor.
Le Corbusier: Le Corbusier is an architect of the 20th century. His perpetual interest in the lifestyle of his contemporaries andhis artistic dimension make him a stand out among other masters and constitute his genius. In the 1930s, he built the famous Purist Villas sculpture-houses that are still fascinating today. He invented comfort and space in the cells of his Unites d'habitation, radiant cities that are often deprecated but rarely equaled. He turned concrete into a noble material. He built a chapel as moving as a cathedral, a hut beyond perfection, and even an entire city in Northern India. A pragmatic and visionary architect, Le Corbusier shook up our era with his vast and ever changing body of work, which still permeates our everyday life.
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