Francis Jourdain
(1876-1958)

Son of the architect Frantz Jourdain, Francis began his career as painter before devoting himself to furniture and interior design from 1912. With a modern and social approach to furnishing, he created pieces made of raw wood, delicate lines leaving aside any superfluous ornamentation. In this respect, he is truthful to the spirit of the Viennese architect Alfred Loos for whom “Ornament is a crime”. Multidisciplinary artist, he also created ceramic pieces for everyday use, often animated with geometrical decoration. His sensitive approach and his radical position on esthetics contributed to the emergence of the “Modern” style.