Designer Spotlight: Jacques Adnet

Jacques Adnet was a French art deco modernist designer, interior designer and architect who was known for his incredible designs in leather. Born April 20, 1901 in Paris, Jacques Adnet knew from a young age that he was destined to design. As a child he often built tiny model furniture from found objects such as wood and fabric. Adnet attended the Municipal School of Design in Auxerre followed by the École des Beaux-Arts Paris.

Adnet was inspired by pre-classical styles and traditional styles of furniture. Although he found inspiration in more conservative styles of design, Adnet believe that furniture should combine function with geometric simplicity. He also incorporated modern elements into his designs such as chromed metals, embellishments such as mirror, parchment, leather, and materials such as precious woods and smoked glass. He preferred pared down style versus overwrought decoration.

Until the age of 28, Adnet worked with his twin brother Jean, at Studio La Maitrise. It was there that he met Maurice Dufrenes, an Art Déco designer extraordinaire. Through Dufresne Adnet was able to meet and impress the members of multiple design schools and guilds. From 1928 to 1960 Adnet was the director at La Compagnie des Arts Francais. He team included decorators such as Charlotte Perriand, George Jouve and Francois Jourdain. Adnet also presided over the Salon des Artistes Decorateurs from 1947 to 1949. During the 1950’s he created furniture and worked on commissioned based projects. He was hired to decorate the private aparmentments of the President at Elysée Palace and the meeting room at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. In 1959 he became the director of École natinale supérieure des arts décoratifs in Paris until 1970.

Adnet’s modernist designs proved to withstand the test of time. His furniture is a chic and classic today as it was half a century ago. The simple lines and timeless elements of his furniture make his work iconic and stylish. At AntiquitiesWeb we have two beautiful pieces by Adnet. They are two stunning pieces that would work with a variety of décor.


A mahogany and brass mounted cabinet by Jacques Adnet. The pair of cupboard doors enclosing four adjustable shelves above 6 drawers, the sides with 4 hinged compartments. Circa 1953.


Black lacquered parchment & chromed metal dining table w/6 chairs. Table w/black glass top, chairs upholstered upholstered in black leather, Jacques Adnet, circa 1940.

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