The International Exposition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts, Paris, 1925

The International Exposition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts, Paris, 1925

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Location of « A French Embassy » at the exhibition in Paris in 1925

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Perspective drawing of the International Exhibition of Modern, Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris
The French Embassy is located in the building of the Cour des Métiers.
Revue L’illustration, hors série, juin 1925
Bibliothèque des Arts Décoratifs

The sponsor : the Société des Artistes Décorateurs

The Société des Artistes Décorateurs, founded on 7 February 1901, was a professional society of architects, artisans and designers. The first such organisation since the abolition of the guilds in 1791, the Société’s aim was to act as a focal point for the arts, craftsmanship and industry. From 1904 onwards it organised an annual exhibition showcasing the work of its members on individual stands in their respective sections (furniture, gold and silverware, ceramics, carpets and fabrics, etc.). Exhibitors and their creations were selected by a jury.

The Société des Artistes Décorateurs commissioned Pierre Chareau to design an Office-Library for its multidisciplinary project entitled « A French Embassy, » to be shown at the International Exposition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris in 1925. The Société des Artistes Décorateurs had insufficient funds to build its own pavilion, so the project was installed in the two still unoccupied wings of the Cour des Métiers, designed by the architect Charles Plumet. The building’s twenty-four exhibition spaces enabled the presentation of the various rooms of an embassy, each designed by the artists who had won the competition.

  • Front cover of Exposition internationale des Arts décoratifs et industriels modernes, Paris, 1925 . Une Ambassade française organisée par la Société des artistes décorateurs
    Paris, Charles Moreau, 1925.

    Bibliothèque des Arts Décoratifs, Cote T938.
  • Page from the book Exposition internationale des Arts décoratifs et industriels modernes, Paris, 1925. Une Ambassade française organisée par la Société des artistes décorateurs
    Paris, Charles Moreau, 1925.

    Bibliothèque des Arts Décoratifs, Cote T938.

Architecture

The Cour des Métiers building, « A French Embassy, » Charles Plumet architect

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Inside view of the Cour des métiers,
Musée des Arts décoratifs, Fonds Editions Albert Lévy, EAL 31

The Office-Library as it was shown in 1925

  • The Office-library, views of its installation in 1925
    original silver print

    Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Fonds photographique Pierre Chareau
  • The Office-library, views of its installation in 1925
    original silver print

    Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Fonds photographique Pierre Chareau

 

  • The Office-library, views of its installation in 1925
    original silver print

    Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Fonds photographique Pierre Chareau
  • The Office-library, views of its installation in 1925
    original silver print

    Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Fonds photographique Pierre Chareau