Jacques Adnet was born in Chatillion-Coligny, France, in the year 1900 and is known as an icon of French modern design. After completing his studies in architecture and art he worked in the Studio La Maitrise and founded the Label JJ Adnet with his twin Jean.
With enthusiasm for geometric designs he helped to further develop the style of Art Déco. As early as 1928 Jacques Adnet became head of the design studio La Compagnie des Arts Francais (CAF), creating furniture, lighting and style-defining interior concepts.
In the 1950s Jacques Adnet furnished the French president’s private rooms in the Élysée Palace as well as the UNESCO in Paris. From 1959 until 1970 he worked as director of the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs.
Characteristic for Jacques Adnet was a material mix of wood, steel, glass and leather. This preference can also be seen in his most famous design: The Adnet wall mirror with a leather-covered frame, which was originally designed for the luxury label Hermès.
Jacques Adnet died in 1984, but the French architect and designer left us a legacy of countless accessories and pieces of furniture, elegant and timelessly beautiful thanks to their designs’ simplicity and with a high collector’s value as luxurious design classics.