René André Coulon (1908-1997)
Manufacture de Saint-Gobain
France, 1938
Édition miroiterie Hagnauer
Verre bombé et trempé, cuir
Don de l’artiste, 1982
Inv. 51060
© MAD, Paris / photo : Jean Tholance

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In the Saint Gobain pavilion at the Exposition Internationale of 1937 the public discovered the first furniture using the new technique of tempered glass, a process that makes glass more solid and less dangerous if it breaks. René André Coulon, a young architect aged 27 at the time, designed chairs and tables combining modern technology and the spectacular effect of false weightlessness.

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