Joseph-André Motte

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Joseph-André Motte
Born (1925-01-06)January 6, 1925
Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur, France
Died January 6, 2013(2013-01-06) (aged 88)
Paris, France
Nationality French  France
Education École nationale supérieure des arts appliqués et des métiers d'art
Known for Furniture Design; Interior Design
Awards
  • Silver medal Triennale di Milano,
  • 1st prize, Concours National du Centre Technique du Bois (1956),
  • Award René Gabriel (1957),
  • Grand Prix Brussels World's Fair Expo 58 (1958),
  • 1st Prize Concours des Glaces de Boussois (1960),
  • 1st Prize Mazda, Formica, Surnyl Contest (1960/1964),
  • Silver medal, Médaille d'Or, Médaille d'Honneur de la Société d'Encouragement à l'Art et à l'Industrie (1957,1958, 1965),
  • Italian prize Compasso d'Oro (1970),
  • French Academy of Architecture award (1982),
  • Commander 'Ordre des Arts et Lettres' (1990)

Joseph-André Motte (6 January 1925 – 1 June 2013) was a French furniture designer and interior designer and ranks among the most influential and innovative figures of post-war French design.[1]

Joseph-André Motte was born in Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur (southeastern France in the Hautes-Alpes). After passing his ‚baccalauréat’, he studied at the École des Arts Appliqués in Paris (École nationale supérieure des arts appliqués et des métiers d'art), where he graduated in 1948 at the top of his class.

His career can be divided into two different stages: furniture design up to the end of the 1960s and interior design thereafter.

Furniture design[edit]

He began his career as a furniture designer at the Bon Marché, one of the oldest parisian department stores and cooperated with Marcel Gascoin’s workshop. In 1954, he founded his own agency and co-founded the ‚Atelier de Recherche Plastique’ (Studio for Plastic Research) with Michel Mortier and Pierre Guariche.

His prolific career let him rise to the top of postwar designers whose mission was to refurnish French homes with industrial materials and contemporary style, integrating modern forms with conventional techniques, using traditional and modern materials: rattan, foam, plastic, formica, plywood, stainless steel, glass.[2]

Motte’s projects covered a global range of furniture and furniture accessories:

  • Office furniture,
  • Chairs,
  • Tables,
  • Lights,
  • Sanitary and heating facilities.[3][4]

Some of his most famed chairs are the

  • Tripod Chair (1949),
  • Catherine Chair, (1952),
  • Sabre Chair (1954),
  • 740 Chair (1957),
  • 770 (1958).[5]

He participated in many exhibitions like Salon des aristes décorateurs, salon des arts ménagers, universal exhibition Brussels Expo’58

Interior design[edit]

From the 1960s to the early 1990s (until his retirement), Motte was in charge of prolific and prestigious interior design commissions like public interiors for the French government including

He also got many contracts abroad in Sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa including the presidential palace in Bamako and many hotels in Algeria, Tunesia, Congo and Mali

He was honored with many awards such as the Golden Compass (Compasso d'Oro), La Triennale di Milano, René Gabriel. In 1990, he was awarded the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Grade of Commander).

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