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La Maison Desny

The confusion surrounding the history of La Maison Desny has persisted long after that of any other individual designer or design firms of the Interwar years. Only Lux, a monthly journal published in Paris briefly between 1929-1937 to chronicle developments in the field of domestic and commercial illumination, contained articles and quotations directly to Desny. It appears that La Maison Desny was established by two designers, Desnet and René Nauny, from whose names the contraction Desny was derived. They formed a business partnership and established themselves at 122, Avenue des Champs-Ëlysées in Paris. If the firm’s background has remained uncertain, the quality of its modernist lamps has not. The Works of La Maison Desny demands consideration for their rigorous geometric configurations and architectural proportions, which appears novel and avant-garde even by today’s standards. The crisp symmetry and uniformity of their compositions in metal and glass stands out starkly from other interwar metal objects offers at present-day auctions and exhibitions.

 

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