Partner Jean-Michel Frank

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Jean-Michel Frank & Adolphe Chanaux | Ecart InternationalAdolphe Chanaux (born June 5, 1887 in Paris, where he died on August 28, 1965) was French decorator and cabinetmaker by training.

He set up his own business in 1920 because, trained with Groult, he was recognized by his peers as particularly talented. He enjoyd playing with new materials, which he helped to bring to the taste of the day: galuchat, straw etc. He is best known for designing with Jean-Michel Frank. Frank then got in contact with 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. In 1932, with Chanaux, Frank opened a shop. This was to be the consecration of ten years of collaboration. They shared a taste for simplicity and stripping, interiors and furniture for Parisians connected by what is now called art deco. While he created furniture for Jean-Michel Frank, he also created furniture on his own.

They collaborated together until the beginning of WWII. Chanaux and most of the staff were at the front and Frank flew from France to Argentina. 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. A fatal blow to the company that went bankrupt and closed its doors in 1942. After the death of his friend, and finally associated with the company Chanaux et Cie, Adolphe Chanaux became artistic director of Guerlain, where he had designed the décor and furniture of the Parisian boutique with Jean-Michel Frank in the mid-1930s.


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