Modell 790 Sessel von J.A. Motte für Steiner, 1960, 2er Set

9 080.00 EUR

Pair of organic model 790 lounge chairs designed by Joseph Andre Motte (1925-2013) for Steiner, France in 1960. To complement the organic form of the oak structure they have been reupholstered in imitation fur as close as possible in appearance to the original factory upholstery that these particular examples were originally finished in. Both retain their original Steiner factory labels. J. A. Motte was a member of the young and energetic post World War II generation of French designers, which included the likes of Pierre Guariche, Rene? Jean Caillette, Michel Mortier, Alain Richard, Pierre Paulin, Antoine Philippon, and Jacqueline Lecoq, among many others. Motte trained under Rene? Gabriel and Louis Sognot at the ´l´e?cole des arts applique?s a? l´industrie´ today known as the ´nationale supe?rieure des arts applique?s et des me?tiers d´art´ (the National School of Applied Arts and crafts or ENSAAMA). This was followed by a further short stint training at Marcel Gascoin’s workshop. In 1954, Motte co-founded the Plastic Research Workshop known as ´ARP´ with Pierre Guariche and Michel Mortier. He also worked with ´Group 4´, a partnership with Rene?-Jean Caillette, Genevie?ve Dangles, and Alain Richard. From 1950, he also collaborated with the furniture manufacturer Steiner. From the late 1950s onwards Motte´s reputation as a leading and important figure in French design and architecture was further cemented when he was chosen by the French government to work on the interiors of several large and important public commissions such as Orly airport from 1958-1961, the naval station of Le Havre during 1963-1964, and in 1975 Paris´ Charles de Gaulle airport (Roissy 1 and 2). In 1974 he was also commissioned by the RATP to redesign the stations of the Paris Metro including a seat that would become emblematic of the metro and which still equips many metro and RER stations in Paris. He also worked on the interior of the Musee du Louvre in Paris. During this hugely productive period Motte won many prestigious design awards including the ´Prix Rene? Gabriel´ in 1957 and the ´prix Compasso d´Oro,´ Gold Medal award at the Salone di Mobile, Milan in 1970. During the period 1966-68 Motte was also the chairman of the prestigious ´socie?te? des artistes de?corateurs´ in Paris. He also taught at the l´e?cole nationale supe?rieure des arts de?coratifs (the National School of Decorative Arts) for 30 years. In 2014, following increasing international recognition of Motte´s work, the Galerie Pascal Cuisinier paid a further tribute to Motte´s career through an exhibition at Design Miami / Basel and Paris titled ´´Homage to Joseph-Andre? Motte.´´

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