French Modernist Art Deco pair of club chairs by architect/designer Michel Dufet. The bases/feet are mahogany and they have a nickeled bronze apron across the front at the bottom edge. These chairs are 33" wide x 39" deep x 27" high. An interior designer and writer as well as a trained painter and architect, Michel Dufet began espousing the principles of modernism as early as 1913. He was trained at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and in 1913 opened a decorating studio, Mobilier Artistique Moderne (MAM) on avenue de l'Opera in Paris to produce modern furniture, wallpaper, fabrics and lighting. Over the next ten years Dufet staged a theatrical review, worked with a collaborator, Louis Bureau at MAM, sold MAM but continued to design for its new owner, P-A Dumas, served as head of the interior-decorating firm Red Star in Rio de Janeiro and designed interiors ranging from stores to cinemas to offices.
In 1924 he began a 15 year collaboration at LeSylve design studio of Le Bucheron store. His commissions included work for the 1927 oceanliner I/e-deFrance, 40 first-class cabins for the famed 1935 oceanliner, Normandie, theaters, shops and offices.
He was influenced by neo-Cubism which is reflected in his furniture in exotic woods with elegant and refined lines.
THESE CHAIRS ARE UNRESTORED IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS.