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Jean-Michel Frank - 1930
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"In the 1920s, two men meet and inaugurate a collaboration that launches them into the center of Parisian art life. Frank and Chanaux develop a classic expression of spaces and search for "Balance". They turn elegant sobriety into an art: they surprise. "A room may be luxuriously appointed by unfurnishing it". Shapes are naturally pure and materials luxuriously natural, parchment, scraped oak, sandblasted oak, shagreen, straw marquetry… The variety and the originality of their creations seem infinite.


Frank and Chanaux decorate apartments for Charles and Marie-Laure de Noailles, Nelson Rockefeller, Jean-Pierre Guerlain and Louis Aragon… The War puts an end to their collaboration. Frank leaves Paris and goes to New-York, where, unable to bear the strain of the tragic events in Europe and his own exile, he commits suicide in 1941. After the war, Chanaux becomes the artistic counselor of Guerlain until his death in 1965. The Frank and Chanaux creations are among the most exquisite and sought after by art collectors. Present designers worldwide find inspiration in their work to create the most beautiful contemporary furniture." - Pascal Lapeyre

Jean-Michel Frank was born in Paris. He began law school in 1911, but in 1915, he was hit by the double blow of the death of his two elder brothers, Oscar and Georges, on the front lines of World War I and that of his father who committed suicide. In 1928, he lost his mother who had been in a Swiss asylum for several years. From 1920 to 1925 he traveled and visited the world. In Venice he met the cosmopolitan society that gathered around Stravinsky and Diaghilev. Around 1927, Eugenia Errázuriz revealed to him the beauty of 18th century styles and her own modern, minimalist esthetic, and he became her disciple.

He then got in contact with a Parisian decorator and cabinetmaker called Adolphe Chanaux, a former student of Groult and Ruhlmann, for the interior decoration of his apartment on Rue de Verneuil. After that, Jean-Michel Frank and Adolphe Chanaux decided to become associates in 1931. During the 1930s he worked with students at the Paris Atelier, now known as Parsons Paris School of Art and Design, where he developed the famous Parsons Table. In 1932, with Chanaux, he opened a shop. This was to be the consecration of ten years of collaboration.

But once again it is war that bowls over Jean-Michel Frank destiny. Chanaux and most of the staff are at the front and Jean-Michel flees from France to Argentina. A fatal blow to the company that went bankrupt and closed its doors in 1942. 

In Argentina, Frank renew with his trade and has numerous contracts. In 1941, Frank made a trip to New York. Sadly overcome by depression he committed suicide by throwing himself from the window of a Manhattan apartment building, leaving all his personal possessions in his apartment in Buenos Aires.

Jean-Michel Frank today is recognized by leading designers all over the world as one of the greatest sources of inspiration to many present-day designs. His pieces are highly sought after by leading collectors worldwide.

Ecart International

In 1978, Andrée Putman decides to found Ecart in order to breathe new life into her career. It is thus at the age of 53 that the woman named the "godmother of French design" really started her career as a designer. She reissues furniture pieces of the '30s and '40s with success. These re-editions bring life again to forgotten designers such as Eileen Gray, Pierre Chareau or Jean-Michel Frank.

Incidentally, the name Ecart is not random, as the word is the anagram of "trace", which corresponds to Andrée Putman's wish to keep traces of the past in contemporary creations.

As a mythical designer, Andrée Putman turns out to be a passionate artist, who succeeds in compiling an incredibly coherent catalogue. Nevertheless, in 1997 she decides to sell her company's shares in order to focus on interior design and creates the Putman studio.

The catalogue compiled by Andrée Putman has been fully reissued in collaboration with Pascal Lapeyre and Lucie Tonelli. New talents have joined the company, like Christophe Pillet or Bruno Moinard. Ecart International did not forget its founder, as Andrée Putman's designs have been reissued.

Through its catalogue, Ecart International remains committed to perpetuating a French tradition of excellence and timeless quality, based on traditional skills and in compliance with the existing artistic standards.


Structure in varnished oak, three drawers with locks, two lateral sliding leaves



Width 240cm, depth 85cm, height 75cm
Note: this product is HEAVY, please make adequate arrangements for the reception

Made in France


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