Jacques Adnet (French, 1900–1984) was an iconic French Modernist furniture and interior designer, and architect, known for his distinctly Art Deco creations. After completing his studies at the Municipal School of Design and the École des Arts Décoratifs, where he studied under architect Charles Genuys, he founded the company J.J. Adnet with his brother Jean. He received critical acclaim at the Salon D’Automne and Les Expositions des Arts Decoratifs, where he was hailed as an exciting emerging designer. In 1928, he became the director of La Compagnie des Arts Francais, a reputable design company established by Louis Süe and André Mare.

Though the original purpose of La Compagnie des Arts Français was to promote the use of traditional furniture forms in a modern way, when Adnet took over, he rejected this idea, instead using the company as a means to display his modernistic, avant-garde designs. He quickly became known for his use of simple and elegant forms, emphasizing function above anything else and eschewing excessively decorative elements. Using materials like leather, brushed metals, and precious woods, he became one of the first artists to incorporate metal and glass into the structure of his designs.

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Adnet collaborated with designers such as Francois Jourdain, Charlotte Perriand, and Georges Jouve, and received numerous prestigious commissions. In 1948, he became the president of the Salon des Artistes Decorateurs, a position he held for one year. In addition, Adnet worked with the renowned firm Hermés, designing leather-covered furniture, developing a signature style, which continued into the 1950s.

When La Compagnie des Arts Français closed in 1959, Adnet became the director of the École des Arts Décoratifs, where he worked for the next decade.

Adnet died in 1984.

Timeline

1900
Born in Chatillion-Coligny, near Bourgogne, France
1937
Grand Prix d'Architecte