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Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann. French Designer

Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann's IllustrationDining Room, 1921

Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann was a renowned French designer of furniture and interiors, epitomising for many the glamour of the French Art Deco style of the 1920s. Born in Paris, in 1879 he spent his youth helping his father run a painting and contracting firm. where he met several young architects and designers. in 1910 a newly married Ruhlmann had his first experience designing furniture for his new apartment. The same year he exhibited his furniture publicly for the first time.

Although his beautiful furniture, his pieces, were excessive in price told to a journalist: "Each piece of furniture that I deliver costs me on average 20 or 25 percent more than what I charged for it. Over the past trading year (1923) I have lost 300,000 francs net. The reason for me to resist, to persist in creating furniture that costs me money instead of being profitable, is that I still have faith in the future, and that I run another business with safe return, and whose profits fill up the holes that I am digging in the moon."

In a magazine interview he stated: "A clientele of artists, intellectuals and connoisseurs of modest means is very congenial, but they are not in a position to pay for all the research, the experimentation, the testing that is needed to develop a new design. Only the very rich can pay for what is new and they alone can make it fashionable. Fashions don't start among the common people. Along with satisfying a desire for change, fashion's real purpose is to display wealth." "Whether you want it or not, a style is just a craze. And fashion does not come up from humble backgrounds."
In 1933 Ruhlmann learned he was terminally ill and to protect the name that he had build over a twenty-year period he ordered In his will to finish up the projects that were in-house and then to dissolve the company.

Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann's IllustrationsDining Room, 1923

Emile-Jacques RuhlmannHall-Library, 1922

Emile-Jacques RuhlmannDining Room, 1925

Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann's IllustrationsBoudoir-Library, 1918

Niche, 1918

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Hall in Normandie, 1914


Detail of Boudoir, 1922

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