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Moderne: Fashioning the French Interior

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By Sarah Schleuning
Moderne: Fashioning the French Interior examines French interior design of the 1920s focusing on limited-edition luxury portfolios created using a traditional stencil technique known in France as pochoir. Pochoir is a type of print made from a series of carefully cut stencils that offered efficiency in production while maintaining the quality of the print through the hand application of color. The revitalization of the pochoir technique offered a novel graphic approach to depict and disseminate modern interiors and decorative patterns to the public, artfully promoting new design while eschewing commercialization. The vibrant images in these portfolios document the furnishings and interiors of the leading designers of the time including Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Robert Mallet-Stevens, and Eileen Gray among others, and provide a lens for understanding the tensions that existed within France regarding matters of style and taste in interior decoration. This catalogue and the exhibition it accompanied elucidate how the choice of the pochoir technique reinforced the designers’ conception of the modern interior from the traditional to the avant-garde. The spectacular color images from the portfolios present a great variety of solutions.
Exhibition dates: November 16, 2007-May 11, 2008
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press, November 1, 2007
Softcover: 304 pages, 12" x 9.4"
ISBN-10: 1568987242