HERMES & JEAN-MICHEL FRANK
Hermès has come up trumps again by giving a renaissance to the art of marquetry. This time the world-class French fashion house, whose first fabric collection was launched in 2011 through a partnership with Dedar, decided to reinterpret the straw marquetry of the signature furniture collection by the 1930s French designer Jean-Michel Frank and created Marqueterie de Paille a jacquard fabric of silk and cotton that comes in five different colourways.
As the name Ambiance of the collection suggests, this fabric will give any curtains or light upholstery the elegant, chic yet understated and minimal look Jean-Michel Frank was associated with and a subtle but sumptuous atmosphere to any room. A-Gent of Style is thrilled to see the relevance of one of my inspirational designers in today’s interior design.
Hermès’ Marquetrie de Paille five different colourways available at Dedar (Chelsea Harbour Design Centre)
A-Gent of Style’s sample in colour Gris Ponce (On his Art Deco bible, Alistair Duncan’s Art Deco Complete)
The three best monographs on Jean-Michel Frank
Iconic Art Deco interiors by Jean-Michel Frank:
Marquetry is a decorative work in which elaborate patterns are formed by the insertion of pieces of material such as wood, shell, or ivory, into a wood veneer that is then applied to a surface of a piece of furniture
The rectangular case here of this sideboard is lemon tree veneered. The front is covered with panels of straw marquetry, 1932.
One of Frank’s iconic rooms as rendered by Mark Hampton in his book, Legendary Decorators of the Twentieth Century
1926 interior for the Vicomte and Vicomtesse de Noailles, a notorious, eccentric client, in parchment walls, straw marquetry inlay and bleached leather upholstery
Jean-Michel Frank is arguably considered one of the most influential furniture and interior designers of the 1930s. His work is noted for its minimalism, clean lines and sumptuous materials that resulted in an understated elegance at its highest level. He freely used mica, shagreen, rye-straw marquetry, creamy leather, mother of pearl, parchment, sanded oak and travertine, all to great effect.
A set of Jean-Michel Frank furniture at the 2009 Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent exhibition in Paris.
If only A-Gent of Style had known about this!