5 French Décor Designers You Should Know
As one of the biggest trends in interior design today, French modernism has permeated the portfolios of top designers in all styles, thanks to the perennial work of a handful of furniture and lighting makers of the mid 20th century. Keep this list in your back pocket as the wildly popular vintage and antique pieces by these fab five are popping up in interiors worldwide.
Discovered by famed architect and designer Le Corbusier in 1927, Charlotte Perriand worked in his studio, designing furniture, buildings, and interiors under his mentorship before branching out to develop her own signature style. Today designers and collectors pay top dollar for her minimal wooden furniture, leather and chrome seating, and simple flat wall sconces with rotating shades (seen below).
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The work of this midcentury Parisian designer has become the most sought-after lighting today, famously spotted in the homes of style stars like Jenna Lyons and Jessica Alba. Fun fact, the lines of each piece were inspired by the female form, and Mouille said, “Lamps are there to be touched.”
This architect was born in Switzerland, in the French-speaking Geneva, and is actually a cousin to Le Corbusier. Most notably, he designed the furniture for the 1951 development of India’s capital city, Chandigarh. In this project, he combined architectural minimalism with traditional furniture making to create elegant, simple designs that, today, fetch upward of $20,000 for a single chair.
Starting his career as a luxury interior designer, Royère later became well known for his playfully chic furniture and lighting designs, which include overscaled furniture, curvy metalwork, and traditional lighting with a twist. Today, Royère is favoured by top designers and seen in homes of celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres.
This Hungarian-born designer started his career in scenic design and fashion, before settling in France to explore furniture making. His style is best identified by the use of wire frames and perforated metal, a material extremely popular in today’s design scene.