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R. Mallet Stevens
Modern architecture is not only about appearances, but leaving its mark beyond its limits.
An eclectic and creative personality, an architect as well as interior decorator and stage designer, in the 1920s Mallet-Stevens was the most significant exponent of the Cubist- Deco tendency, which, within the Modernist movement, stood in opposition to the rationalism of Perret, Baudot and Le Corbusier. Fundamental traits of his style are a marked propensity to an object’s functionality, the essentiality of lines, and the freedom of volumes. His architectural style, with its clear geometric forms, was highly renowned in Paris during the period between the two World Wars.
Stevens was also the president of the Union des Artistes Modernes, the association which brought together architects and designers, who fought for the use of new materials and production in series, convinced that the furniture of the future had to be simple and conforming to the needs of contemporary life. Many of his works were rediscovered and studied only a century after his birth, when the complexity of his figure and place in history elicited new interest in the critics.