Art Deco furniture at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

La Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is the long building on the right hand side of the image

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One of the most beautiful small collections of Art Deco furniture in Paris is in the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris – and it is often overlooked or indeed unknown!  Nestled within this monumental 1930s building (built for the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris), the collection includes pieces by such design legends as Ruhlmann, Printz, Adnet, Arbus, Chareau, Dufet and Dunand. The current museum, owned by the City of Paris and comprising the east wing of the Palais de Tokyo facing the Seine, was opened in 1961 and is predominantly known for its strong collection of 20th century and contemporary art.
The Art Deco style emerged and flourished in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s when rapid industrialization was transforming culture. It took its name (short for Arts Decoratifs) from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris in 1925. Historian Bevis Hillier defined Art Deco as “an assertively modern style [that] ran to symmetry rather than asymmetry, and to the rectilinear rather than the curvilinear; it responded to the demands of the machine and of new material [and] the requirements of mass production”.
Chair in zebra skin by Michel DufetFauteuil in zinc and zebra skin by Michel Dufet, 1930s
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Desk in zinc and red lacquer by Michel Dufet. Made for La Compagnie Royale Asturienne des Mines (1936). Esquisses for ‘Rythme nos 1, 2 & 3’ (1938) in gouache on paper by Robert Delauney.
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Rosewood ladies desk by Albert GueniotLadies desk in rosewood (1937) by Albert Gueniot. Look at that great waste paper bin attached to the desk.
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Commode by Eugene Printz; Cubist composition c1910-1920 by Léopold Survage
Commode by Eugene Printz, ; Cubist composition c1910-1920 by Léopold Survage 
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Hexagonal shaped armchair, c1920 Pierre ChareauHexagonal chair by Pierre Chareau, 1920s
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During DDays Paris in 2014 there was an exciting exhibition at the museum pairing contemporary design with Art Deco. See below a few images from that expo and get inspired!
Exciting pairing! Bina Baitel floor lamp and Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann commode at Ddays 2014

 Bina Baitel floor lamp and Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann commode at Ddays 2014

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Inspired mix! Coiffeuse, 1930s by Paul Frederic Follot, porcelain vase 2014 by Guillaume Delevigne, Sputnik lamp 2014 by Francois Azambourg

Inspired mix! Coiffeuse, 1930s by Paul Frederic Follot, porcelain vase and shelf with mirror 2014 by Guillaume Delevigne, Sputnik lamp 2014 by Francois Azambourg

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Spectacular combination Michel Dufet chairs in python with carpet and blown glass mobile by Felipe Robin, DDays May 2014

Spectacular combination – Michel Dufet chairs in python with carpet and blown glass mobile by Felipe Robin, DDays May 2014
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Art Deco doors
Entrance doors to a side entrance
11 Avenue du President Wilson, 75116 Paris
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