Norma Editions

Les décorateurs des années 50

SKU: 9782376660002

The revival of decorative arts in post-war France is extremely diverse, from the 40s style which endured through official orders to classical or neoclassical furniture whose success was unprecedented. Modernity remains a battle to be waged after the failure of the Union of Modern Artists (UAM) who failed to convince. This challenge is taken up by the young generation of decorators presented in this book. Their approach responds to the needs and aspirations of a country in full reconstruction, with the extraordinary vitality that characterizes the time. After an introduction that emphasises the alliance of aesthetics, fantasy and rigor of this abundant French creation, this book is organized into four parts, each preceded by an introduction that defines its historical context.

- the masters of the interwar period, such as Adnet, Arbus or Old.
- the representatives of a 50s style in freedom, playful and freed from any discourse in "ism", Matégot, Royère...
- the great figures of Reconstruction – Gascoin, Hitier or Sognot – who transmitted to the next generation the sense of a demanding and purist modernity.
- their spiritual sons, Gautier-Delaye, Guariche, Motte, Paulin or Philippon and Lecoq.

In addition to these thirty-three monographs, Patrick Favardin analyses the establishment of a publishing and distribution structure, with manufacturers such as Airborne, Les Huchers-Minvielle or Steiner, galleries such as Steph Simono or MAI or even the Salons.

23x30,5 inch
352 pages
450 pictures
Hardback, US dust jacket

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