Joseph-André Motte was amongst the most influential post-war French designers (including Pierre Guariche, René Jean Caillette, Antoine Philippon, Alain Richard, Michel Mortier Pierre Paulin and Jacqueline Lecoq) and promoted the idea of industrialization and modernism as tools to shape the future.
Motte was born in the southeastern part of France and moved to Paris to study the applied arts. Having trained in Marcel Gascoin’s practice, Motte soon reached the top of modern French design which had as goal to update French homes in a contemporary style. He became known to successfully apply traditional techniques to contemporary designs mixing classical and modern materials.
By 1954 Joseph-André Motte founded his own studio and was co-founder of the collective design bureau, Atelier de Recherche Plastique (Studio for Plastic Research) together with Pierre Guariche and Michel Mortier.
Across his career Motte also worked to shape a variety of prestigious public spaces as the Orly and Roissy airports and the Louvre Museum.
The selection of rooms we show today are part of an exhibition that Demisch Danant organised in 2012 titled “Joseph-André Motte: The Art Of Living” that included many pieces never shown before. From the Demisch Danant site: “Joseph André Motte: The Art of Living highlights the diverse breadth of materials that characterize Motte’s oeuvre and presents many of his most significant innovations in modern style“.