René Gabriel Lounge chairs in French Oak, France 1946
Rare pair of lounge chairs by René Gabriel (1890 - 1950). This model was designed in 1946 and was presented at the the ’Salon des artistes décorateurs' in 1953. Literature: René Gabriel by Pierre Gencey page 286.
Gabriel was president of the Société des artistes décorateurs from 1944 to 1947. He was head of the workshop at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs from 1946. In 1949 René Gabriel was named a knight of the Legion of Honour. The design is a typical example of the French reconstruction movement; functional furniture, with simplified lines, without decoration in neutral materials.
These chairs are signed all over with Gabriel’s signature; the sharp angle, most eye catching are of course the back legs but when studying the design you see these lines back in every single element of the chair. Very interesting chairs in a large size. The cushions are remade and reupholstered following the original model. We have chosen for a premium quality creme colored 100% linen fabric by Loro Piana ®. The chairs offer great comfort due to the ergonomic designed position and the scale of the backrest and long seating part. All is in very good condition with a beautiful subtle patina on the solid Oak wooden frames.