Francis Jourdain was a painter, furniture maker, interior designer, maker of ceramics, and other decorative arts, and a left-wing political activist.
14 Facts About Francis Jourdain
Francis Jourdain was born on 2 November 1876, son of the architect Frantz Jourdain.
Francis Jourdain's father was the founder of the Salon d'Automne collection.
Francis Jourdain's father was very much typical of this society.
In 1911 Francis Jourdain began to design furniture, following the teachings of Adolf Loos.
Francis Jourdain opened Les Ateliers Modernes in 1912, a small furniture factory.
Francis Jourdain designed modular wooden furniture for working-class people, advertising in the socialist paper L'Humanite.
Francis Jourdain owned a furniture shop by 1919, Chez Francis Jourdain.
Francis Jourdain published many articles on modern art and aesthetics in which he attacked the ostentatious luxury that was typical of contemporary French design.
Francis Jourdain collaborated with Le Corbusier in 1920 in publishing a journal titled L'esprit nouveau, subsidized by the government.
Francis Jourdain's design used smooth wood paneling on the walls and ceilings that resembled riveted sheets of metal.
Francis Jourdain worked with Robert Mallet-Stevens between 1925 and 1930.
Francis Jourdain was a prolific writer on art in the period after World War II.
Francis Jourdain died in Paris on 31 December 1958 at the age of 82.