Charles Cressent – French furniture designer

Posted on 21st February 2011 in French Designers, Furniture Designers

Charles Cressent (1685-1768) is considered to be one of the best decorative artists of the 18th Century. Born to Francois Cressent, a sculptor du roi and the grandson of Charles Cressent, a furniture maker and sculptor; it would make sense that he would continue in their footsteps as a French furniture maker, sculptor and fondeur-ciseleur of the late Régence and early Rococo periods. In the beginning of his career his works reflected his extensive training by André Charles Boulle, in the school of Boulle. Later, as he developed as an artist, his pieces would reveal his own unique and original style.

This style, rich with line, detail and ornamentation, he is best known for his highly sculptural gilt mounts that ornamented his furniture. This is expressed through female figures placed at the corners of tables as well as bronze mounts said to rival that of one of his contemporaries, Jacques Caffieri, master of the Rococo style. Executed with a sharpness of finish with an elegance and strength of outline, he produced furniture and clocks that were rich in color and intricate detailing. Gilt handles, representing Chinese dragons designed for his bathroom at the Hertford House, was one of his most elaborate. He boasted of producing the finest art pieces suitable to be placed in the finest of settings.

In order to supervise production and guarantee the quality of his mounts, he broke the strict rules of the French guild system and employed both master casters and gilders in his workshop. He was prosecuted by the guild for this practice.

Noted for his confidence in his artistic talents, he maintained careful records of the sale of his works published in three catalogues allowing for ease of identification and location. Because of this, much of his work has survived and is still able to be viewed and enjoyed until today.

One of his best known pieces is the bust of Louis, the son of Philip ll, Duke of Orléans whom he was also commissioned to make furniture for. The famous medailier, considered an outstanding example of 18th century French furniture is on display at the Bibliotèque Nationale. Additional original pieces of his work can be viewed at the Louvre and the Wallace Collection, a world famous museum in London specializing in display of fine and decorative art from the 15th to the 19th century.

His style of ornamentation included extensive use of marquetry; inlaid veneers of tortoiseshell, satinwood and amaranth woods fitted together to form an intricate design. This use of color and exuberance typified the Régence and early Rococo style.

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Designer Le Corbusier

Posted on 16th February 2011 in French Designers, Swedish Designers

Designer Le CorbusierAs one of the top urban designers in Europe, Le Corbusier strove to have a profound influence on how modern societies  designed for urban sprawl and how the lower classes were housed. Born as Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, Le Corbusier as he called himself later in life was a Swiss architect, designer, urbanist, writer, furniture designer, artist and is described as a pioneer of modern architecture or International style. Le Corbusier was born in 1887 just as the modern industrial movement was coming into play, influencing design and architecture worldwide from modern homes to furniture such as beds, chairs and more.  By 1920, Le Corbusier has established himself as one of the top modern designers in the world in International style which influenced designs worldwide. Le Corbusier, who became a French citizen later in life, joined Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius as top designers in the world whose reputation preceded them as they focused on designing new buildings and furniture. Continue reading “Designer Le Corbusier” »

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European influence on Modern Furniture Design

Posted on 11th February 2011 in French Designers, Furniture Designers, Italian Designers

Modern furniture is definitely in the eye of the beholder. Over the years, furniture trends have changed with the times, culture and even location. Home owners looking for contemporary furniture had to look no further than the Italian, German, Japanese and French furniture designers that were taking the industry by a storm, heavily influencing American furniture design.

Over the years, as the interior design industry evolved from stone and woodwork only, and from satisfying a basic need such as a dining table, a large chest or chair, to being designed as a work of art, modern contemporary furniture design has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry with American centers of art and design centered in major cities such as Miami, New York and Los Angeles. Continue reading “European influence on Modern Furniture Design” »

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French furniture designer Andres Charles Boulle

Posted on 11th February 2011 in French Designers, Furniture Designers

French furniture designer Andres Charles Boulle carved this commode

When looking for a master in detailed design on furniture, take a look back at the marquetry work of Andres Charles Boulle, a French designer who is heralded as one of the top, if not the top designer in the field of marquetry at his time. He has even had a style of decorative inlay named after him (Boulle). Continue reading “French furniture designer Andres Charles Boulle” »

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