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Robert Mallet-Stevens (1886-1945)
Labormetal, editor
Paris, c. 1927
Stamped sheet metal, Duco lacquer paint, nickel-plated tubular metal, leather top and silver-plated metal compartments
Gift of Madame Robert Mallet-Stevens, 1958
Inv. 38088
© ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Les Arts Décoratifs

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The Parisian architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, nephew of the Belgian banker Adolphe Stoclet, was trained at the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in the French capital. In 1923 he designed film sets for a major production of the time – Marcel L’Herbier’s L’Inhumaine – with geometric facades, sharp edges, recesses and simple volumes; these stylistic features are also found in his furniture. The furniture in his agency’s office on Rue Mallet-Stevens in Paris includes some of the first examples of metal pieces painted with synthetic lacquer.

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