Friday, 24 January 2020

la belle sauvage or salon seléctifs

Designed by pioneering belle époque architect Henri Sauvage (*1873 – †1932) whose colossal public housing projects informed both successive Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements and whose legacy still is relevant and resonant, the 1902 home for contemporary Louis Majorelle (*1859 – †1926) in Nancy near his studio and factory had undergone some major refurbishment and is open—albeit temporarily—to the public before entering next phase of restoration, closing the landmark attraction for another two years, nearly the amount of time its originally construction took.
The exemplary Villa Majorelle was not only a flagship of the new architectural style but also a showcase for Majorelle’s own experimental furnishings (some of which were part of this exhibition) and a gallery for other artistic friends of his.