Daily Archives 1st November 2014

EMILE-JACQUES RUHLMANN (1879-1933)

Ruhlmann’s work represents the finest expression of Art Deco, and the most sumptuous AND ACCOMPLISHED PIECES PRODUCED IN FRANCE DURING THE 1920s AND EARLY 1930s.

Born in Paris in 1879 to Alsatian parents, Ruhlmann first exhibited his work at the 1913 Salon dAutomne, and continued to produce lavish designs throughout the war before establishing a partnership in 1919 with Pierre Ruhlmann Laurent in Paris: Les

Ёtablissements Ruhlmann et Laurent. Ruhlmann’s reputation as a furniture-maker par excellence was sealed by his extravagant display at the 1925 Paris Exhibition. His deluxe furniture – which was aimed at a sophisticated and very wealthy clientele – was inspired by the work of the finest 18th-century French ebenistes, such as Jean-Henri Riesener...

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Catches, bolts and handles

CATCHES

Magnetic catches with ferrite or ticonal nickel alloy magnets (the latter have greater holding power in small diameters) have a practically unlimited life with a probable strength loss of not more than 1 per cent over ten years. Figure 274:1 is the smallest type for gluing in with a pull of about 21/2 lb (1.134 kg) and suitable for very light doors and flaps; 274:2 is a stronger type with ribbed brass or nylon case and about 41/2 lb (2.041 kg) pull, and 274:3 is a face mounting type in a range of pulls from 4 1/2 lb (2.041 kg) to over 40 lb (18.143 kg) according to the size. A mortise version suitable for light doors, etc. is shown in 274:4. All these catches require intimate contact with the metal striking plate...

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1925 PARIS EXHIBITION

PARIS-1925

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This rare Paul Follot armchair, one of a pair, has an arched, ribbed, upholstered back above a U-shaped seat rail, and scroll arm terminals. The tapering feet are ebonized and fluted. c.1920. H:81.25cm (32in); W:51cm (20in). CAL

THE PARIS EXPOSITION INTERNATIONALE DES ARTS DECORATIFS ET INDUSTRIELS MODERNES OF 1925 MARKED A DEFINING MOMENT FOR WHAT WAS IDENTIFIED IN THE 1960S AS ART DECO STYLE.

EXPOSITION INTERNATIONALE ARTS DtCORATIFS ET iNDUSTfillELS MODERN ES В AVRIL – OCTOBRE

ROBERT BONFILS’S POSTER FOR THE PARIS EXHIBITION This poster shows some of the key characteristics of Art Deco...

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Nice Luxurious and Wonderful Bathroom Decoration Inspiration for Minimalist Space

Pleasant and Luxurious Bathroom Decoration Idea with Wonderful Illumination A bathroom showing comfort is the theme of these bathrooms design. Showing the possibility of making a bathroom into a relaxation place while enjoying the sunset is the terrific and fascinatingRead More

BOOKCASE FITTINGS

Loose shelves in cupboards and bookcases can be adjusted at various heights by several methods. Studs and sockets (272:1, 2) require holes to take the sockets drilled at regular intervals in the carcass sides back and front. Positions can be squared across the matched carcass sides and drilled before assembly, and if they are very numerous it will be convenient to prepare a wood or metal template bar bored out at the correct intervals—1 in (25 mm), 11/2 in (38 mm) or 2 in (50 mm) etc. according to the estimated use—which can be G-cramped/C – clamped to the carcass sides and the holes rapidly bored with a drill and bit, limiting the depth with a stop or a small block of hardwood on the drill...

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ELEMENTS OF STYLE

There is a host of distinctive features associated today with the Art Deco style. Every branch of the decorative arts – from furniture and textiles to ceramics and metalware – was affected by the fashion for exotic materials and handcrafted techniques, a continuation of the sumptuous Art Nouveau style of the late 19 th century. Designers drew on a wide range of ornamental motifs, from folk art and stylized baskets of fruit to Egyptian-style motifs and patterns inspired by the treasures discovered in 1922 in Tutankhamen’s tomb.

Rectilinear shapes and geometric designs reminiscent of African tribal art and Cubist paintings were also a key element of Art Deco. This aspect of the style recalled the work of the Wiener Werkstatte (see pp.376-77).

For designers and decorators working in the Art...

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ART DECO FURNITURE

Skyscraper vanity unit

The thick dark lines on this vanity unit emphasize the stylized geometric forms that characterize Art Deco style. The mirror towers over the wooden structure, recalling the silhouettes of Manhattan’s tallest buildings. 1930s. H:155cm (61in).

IN THE YEARS FOLLOWING World War I, furniture designers followed two distinct courses – one was founded on tradition – Art Deco – and the other’s driving force was functionalism – Modernism.

Much of the most sophisticated Art Deco furniture created was shown at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, which opened in Paris in the spring of 1925...

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PEDESTAL LOCKING ACTIONS

Locking actions for pedestal drawers, in which the locking of one drawer—usually at the top— automatically secures all the other drawers in the pedestal, were usually effected by incor­porating a spring-loaded vertical sliding bar at the rear of the carcass. Arms or pegs were attached to the bar which engaged in slots cut in the drawer sides, and a sloping ramp cut into the top drawer side automatically raised all the pegs and thus released all the other drawers as the top drawer was partially withdrawn, while if the drawer was pushed fully home then a back spring attached to the bar pulled the pegs down into the slots. The disadvantages of this older method are obvious, and improved types are shown in 268 in which the throw of the desk lock itself actuates the pegs...

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Very Nice Simple Small Impressive Enchanting Bedroom Ideas

Simple Blue-White Cute and Nice Bedroom Small bedroom for some people is more comfort than a big wide bedroom. Small bedroom, if you add a nice big window in it, could give more comfort to you and will help you lighten up your bedroom because the window let theRead More

FROM BOOM TO BUST

ORIGINATING IN FRANCE, THE ART DECO STYLE BLOSSOMED IN

the united states, mirroring the mood of liberation and fantasy that permeated a fragile but brave new world.

American roads rose from half a million in 1914 to 26 million in 1929, one for every five of the population. By 1929, two-thirds of Americans had electricity, and sales of electrical goods rocketed. Movie palaces, dancehalls, sports stadiums, and luxury hotels sprang up as the leisure industries flourished. Both the artefacts and the architecture exhibited the Art Deco style: geometric shapes inspired by the Cubist movement together with a range of exotic, stylized floral, and folk motifs.

STREAMLINED TRAVEL

Travel became faster and more luxurious, whether on ocean liners such as the Normandie, airships such as the Gr...

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