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Armchair - 450
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Jean Michel Frank: Armchair - 450

Armchair wooden frame upholstered with polyurethan foam and feathers. Leather, or fabric covering completely removable. Walnut feet.

Designed by Jean Michel Frank in 1930. This armchair type was a favorite of Jean Michel Frank. However, the basic frame of this sofa was not invented by Frank nor by his partner Charnaux. Sofas of a similar structure frequently appear in photographs of interiors of the early and mid 1920' s. Around 1926, Syrie Maugham, the wife of Somerset Maugham and a successful decorator, was using the same basic sofa type with a slip-cover and loose back cushions and wthout the trapezoidal wooden feet. Certainly, Frank was not a furniture designer inthe strict sense in that he was not interested in developing a model with precise, fixed dimensions or set proportions which could be mass-produced and used in various decoration schemes. Moreover, it is obvious that this sofa never intended to be an original statement or a limited edition. In short, it is more accurate to say that this club chair and matching sofa was a general type or model of upholstered furniture which Frank found particularly pleasing and easy to adapt and modify for different decorating schemes. Interior decoration is a highly perishable art. Consequently, the work of Frank remains principally in the photographs of the homes he decorated. Yet, Frank' s simple rooms decorated with relatively few pieces of well proportioned furniture in rich materials.