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Two Joseph­-André Motte Tempo Armchairs

Joseph­-André Motte Tempo Armchairs made of velvet, with nickel­plated steel feet. These airmchairs are presented as a pair. In 1948, Joseph-­André Motte (1925­2013) graduates with highest honour from the School of Applied Arts in Industry where in followed the teaching of René Gabriel and Louis Sognot. He is then hired as a decorator in Pomone, the Bon Marché art studio. In 1952, he joins Marcel Gascoin's studio in which he will work on the « rational layout » with two young designers : Pierre Guariche et Michel Mortier. This meeting will lead to the creation of the ARP (''Atelier de Recherche Plastique'', or Plastic Reseach Workshop) in 1954, where are produced furnitures edited by Minvielle. Afterwards, Joseph-­André Motte joins the GROUPE 4, founded by George Charron, with Geneviève Dangles, Alain Richard and René­-Jean Caillette caracterised, amoung others, by the use of new materials. Joseph-­André Motte also « aménage » numerous public « espaces », such as the South Orly airport in 1958­1961 with its geometrical airchairs and sofas, Roissy train station, Lyon­Satolas airport in 1975 and of course metro stations in 1973. He will also teach during 30 years at the ENSAD (National School of Decoative Arts) and will chair the decorative artists society from 1966 to 1968.

Comfortable Tempo armchairs

In Joseph-­André Motte productions, we will remember the 1949 tripod chair edited by Rougier, wich earned him a first notable sucess and of course is collaboration with Steiner from 1950. From this collaboration will born a rich production of chairs characterized by an optimist and comfortable modenity with a particular importance in the choice of materials : wood, formica, stainless steel... assuring that « The material commands, then the imagination ». These Tempo armchairs are therefore in following this thought : the line, the comfort, the aerial character given by the light and shifted base.

Technical details : the green velvet with golden reflects of these Joseph­-André Motte Tempo chairs has been washed and preserved. The foam have been replaced in order to recreate the original comfort. Two Steiner slabs with the serial number are under the chairs. Steiner edition, circa 1960. For any other other information, please contact us.

Joseph André Motte tempo armchairs