Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann (28 August 1879 – 15 November 1933), his first names often seen reversed as Jacques-Émile, was a renowned French designer of furniture and interiors, epitomising for many the glamour of the French Art Deco style of the 1910s and 1920s.
In 1919 Ruhlmann founded, with Pierre Laurent, the company Ruhlmann et Laurent, specializing in interior design and producing luxury home goods that included furniture, wallpaper and lighting. By this time, Ruhlmann was making formal elegant furniture using precious and exotic woods in combination with ivory fittings, giving them a classic, timeless appeal.
Ruhlmann's legacy as a designer was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2004. In 2009, he was called the "Art Deco's greatest artist" by the New York Times. 
References and sources
- HERBERT MUSCHAMP (18 June 2004). "DESIGN REVIEW; For the Classy And the Climbers, The High Priest Of Art Deco". New York Times. Archived from the original on 21 April 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2008.
- Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann: Master of his Art