Demétre Haralamb Chiparus (also known as Dumitry Chipārus) is a Romanian Art Deco era sculptor who lived and worked in Paris until his death. Chiparus was born September 16, 1886 in Dorohoi, Romania to Haralamb and Saveta Chiparus. When he was 23 Chiparus traveled to Italy where he studies under Italian sculptor Raffaello Romanelli. Three years later Chiparus traveled to Paris to attend the Ecole des Beaux Arts to pursue his artistic endeavors. While in Paris he studied under Antonin Mercie and Jean Boucher.
Andrè Thuret was one of the first modern French studio glass artists. Born in Paris on November 3, 1989 and raised in a traditional French “Bourgeoisie” family. His parents set high standards for Thuret and he met them when he received a Law degree in 1920 followed by a degree in Science in 1923. Continue reading
Designer Spotlight: David Guéron was an enigmatic glassmaker of Turkish origin and founder of the “Cristalleries De Compiegne”. His glassworks house produced mainly household glass in the early 1920’s but he soon decided to branch out and pursue more artistic glass making techniques. Continue reading
André Arbus was a third generation French cabinetmaker from Toulouse. Born in 1903, Arbus worked in his family atelier and was trained in the same manner as 18th century masters Thomas Chippendale and George Hepplewhite.
Daum crystal studio is based in Nancy, France and was founded in 1878 by Jean Daum. His children, Auguste Daum and Antonin Daum headed production during the Art Nouveau period after their father passed away. Their method of glassmaking remained the same throughout the company’s history. They are the only company that uses the pâte de verre (glass paste) process for their crystal and art glass sculptures. Pâte verre is a technique where crushed glass is packed into a refractory mold and then fired and fused together in a kiln. The technique gives Daum pieces their unique and beautiful style. Continue reading
Art Nouveau is a style of art, architecture, design, and decorative arts that was most popular during 1890-1910. It was a reaction to the strict, stifling academic art favored in the 19th century. Instead of harsh lines and industrial design, nature and the natural form inspired art nouveau. Its curved lines reference the natural curve of the human body. Art Nouveau was about blending in with nature while keeping a highly stylized design aesthetic—no easy feat. Continue reading