Jacques-Émile Rulhmann (1879-1933)

Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann is a legendary French furniture designer and interior decorator of the Art Deco period.

Ruhlmann was the son of a decorating contractor and he took over the family business in 1907. He soon expanded the firm to include the design of luxury home goods. It included wall papers, rugs, lighting, porcelain pieces and furniture.

His pavilion at the Paris International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in 1925 brought him a number of famous clients. Ruhlmann was the most successful and prestigious designer of the 1930s.

As a result, he commanded a large team of master craftsmen and assistants and created furniture and interiors for the elite. His luxurious designs were made with the finest materials such as Macassar ebony, Amboina burl, Brazilian rosewood, lacquer, shagreen and ivory details. They were prohibitively expensive for all but the wealthiest. Aesthetic refinement, sumptuous materials, and impeccable construction techniques make Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann’s furniture unique, timeless and extremely elegant.

Ruhlmann’ s furniture and drawings can now be found private and public collections such as Musee des Arts Decoratifs (Paris), Musee d’Orsay (Paris), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Metropolitan Museum of Arts (New York), Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

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