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About the ItemJean-Michel Frank: 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.
Raymond Loewy: While Andy Warhol is known for creating icons, it is Raymond Loewy who built monuments. At once an engineer and a visionary, this master of streamlined design integrated movement into his designs in what would become a characteristic American way. Indeed, his drawings of the Coca-Cola truck, the Greyhound bus, the package of Lucky Strike cigarettes, the Studebacker automobile, and the bullet-nose train molded our vision of 20th century American iconography. Illustrated with photographs of Loewy's most notable designs, this memoir pays a tribute to a man who shaped the image of an entire nation with his pencil strokes.
Pierre Paulin: A legendary figure in French design, Pierre Paulin reached the height of celebrity with his interiors of George Pompidou's Elysee and his furniture display at the Louvre. A champion of unified design, Paulin has created a new synthesis within interior architecture. His chairs in the form of mushrooms, tongues, ribbons, tulips, even snakes, from the Exposition Universelle d'Osaka, are all made of foam and covered with colored jersey. They offer a range of forms that are rigorous, organic, functional and voluptuous. His furniture perfectly symbolizes the 60s and 70s. Recalling the evolution of society, Pierre Paulin's pieces have become cult objects, anchored in the collective unconscious of us all.
Set of 4 Fashion Memoires
Box :16.25 x 16.25" | Each book: 6.0 x 8.5"
Each book is 80 pages with 60 images
About the AuthorJean-Michel Frank: One of France's leading fashion and style specialists, Francois Baudot is a writer and an editorial adviser for Elle and Elle Decor. He is the author of a number of books devoted to fashion and decorative arts, including in Assouline: Compendium of Interior Style, The Allure of Men and, in the Fashion Memoire series Chanel, Chanel Jewelry, Fashion & Surrealism, Fashion Dogs, Eileen Gray, Gruau and Yohji Yamamoto.
Le Corbusier and Pierre Paulin: Art critic and design historian Elisabeth Vedrenne has written for numerous magazines including Decoration Internationale and Elle Decoration. She now works for Connaissances des Arts, as well as for design magazines Intramuros and Maison Francaise.
Raymond Loewy: Philippe Tretiack is an architect, writer, and reporter for Elle and Beaux-Arts magazines. He is the author of Warhol's America (Assouline, 1997), Faut-il Pendre les Architectes? (Le Seuil, 2001), and Limite Vulgaire (Stock, 2007).
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