Paul Follot




Paul Follot is a French cabinet-maker and Art Deco designer. He was a student of Eugene Grasset , a master of Art Nouveau who taught design in Paris. He worked from 1901 to 1903 for La Maison Moderne, a gallery run by the art dealer Julius Meier-Graefe in Paris between 1899 and 1903 and a competitor of Bing's Maison de l'Art Nouveau .


Paul Follor Rug 1925
Paul Follot Rug, 1925


His first designs were inspired by the Neo-Gothic style. As a cabinet maker he likes rare exotique woods and gold bronze friezes. He co-founded "L'Art dans Tout" a little group of artists and architects who wanted to promote decorative arts from a social perspective. They were especially interested in the relationship between arts and industrial objects. Paul Follot became a self-employed designer in 1904. He designed not only furniture but objects of silver, lightning ,textiles , carpets, ceramics, and bronze as well as jewelry. In 1923 Follot became director of design at the Pomone studios of Au Bon Marche before moving to Waring and Gillow's ( an English furniture company) Paris office in 1928 where he worked with Serge Chermayeff. After 1931 Follot returned to independent practice and in 1935 he received a commission for the ocean liner Normandie as well as exhibiting at the Brussels Exposition.


Paul Follot 1940
Tea and coffee Service Designed by Paul Follot
Christofle & Cie 1903
Dallas Museum of Art
Trained as a sculptor Paul Follot liked ornaments and voluptuous forms.


Further reading:

Rossella Froissart Pezone, L’Art dans tout. Les arts décoratifs en France et l’utopie d’un art nouveau, CNRS Editions, 2005
The purists Paul Follot and Maurice Dufrene Magazine Antiques , Oct, 2008 by Gregory Cerio

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