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Intérieurs Français

Written by Jean Badovici (Romanian, Bucharest 1893–1956 Monaco)
Raoul Dufy (French, Le Havre 1877–1953 Forcalquier)
Published by Éditions Albert Morancé (French)
Designed by Pierre Chareau (French, Bordeaux 1883–1950 New York)
Designed by Dufet et Bureau
Designed by Eileen Gray (British, Wexford 1879–1976 Paris)
Designed by André Groult (French, Paris 1884–1966 Paris)
Designed by Francis Jourdain (French, Paris 1876–1958 Paris)
Designed by Rob. Mallet-Stevens (French, Paris 1886–1945 Paris)
Designed by Martine
Designed by J.-E. Rulman (French)
Designed by Süe et Mare
Published in:
Lithography hand-colored, commercial photo process hand-colored, woodcut
Overall: 10 13/16 x 9 1/4 x 1 in. (27.5 x 23.5 x 2.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1991
Accession Number:
Not on view
In his ‘Intérieurs Français’ (French Interiors), Jean Badovici reproduced 40 interiors by some of the leading designers of his day. Although the hand-colored impressions may seem a little strange at first sight, his illustrations form important records about modern interior design in 1920s France. They show us the authentic combinations of furniture, textures and colors as they were brought together by the designers and home owners, in a way that would be difficult, if not impossible to reconfigure from our own modern perspective. This interior of an upstairs landing is a good example. It is dominated by the wallpaper of Atelier Martine of ca. 1912. Founded by Paul Poiret (French, Paris 1879-1944 Paris) in 1911, Atelier Martine produced many similarly heavily patterned wallpapers and fabrics, which were very popular during the Art Deco period. The combination with the yellow staircase and the turquoise upholstery give the interior an intensity which seems worlds apart from the contemporary, basic interiors created not so far away by the architect Le Corbusier (French (born Switzerland), La Chaux-de-Fonds 1887–1965 Roquebrune-Cap-Martin).
French Interiors

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Living in Style: Five Centuries of Interior Design from the Collection of Drawings and Prints," June 17, 2013–September 9, 2013.

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