DJO-BOURGEOIS


(1898-1937)

French Modernist architect and designer, Edouard-Joseph Bourgeois (aka Djo-Bourgeois) was born in Bezons, but his professional life was spent in Paris.  He studied with Robert Mallet-Stevens at the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris. In 1922 he joined Studium Louvre (the decorating studio at the Louvre Department Store), directed by Etienne Kohlmann and Maurice Matet, where he designed interiors and furniture, including an office for Studium Louvre’s exhibition at the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes.

His work was first shown at the 1922 Salon d’Automne and, beginning in 1923, at the Salons of the Societe des Artistes Decorateurs. The bedroom he presented at the 1926 SAD gained wholehearted praise for its harmonious combination of architecture and furnishings. A 1931 monograph of his work shows his penchant for clean, geometric, austere design. His final exhibition, completed posthumously by friends and colleagues, was shown with the SAD at the 1937 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne.