|Robert Mallet Stevens|
* 24th of March 1886 in Paris
† 8th of February 1945 in Paris
Robert Mallet-Stevens is a French architect and designer. Along with Le Corbusier, he is widely regarded as the most influential figure in French architecture in the period between the two World Wars.
Robert Mallet-Steven is already influenced in his first years by his father and his grandfather, being art collectors in Paris and Brussels.
He receives his formal training at the “École Speciale d'Architecture” in Paris during which he writes scripts about relation between the different forms of art.
In 1924, he publishes a magazine called “La Gazette Des 7 Arts”; and, at the same time with the help of Ricciotto Canudo, he founds the “Club des amis du 7ème art”. A street in Paris with his name, Rue Mallet-Stevens, in the 16th arrondissement (French suburb), is built by him during the 1920’s and has on it six houses designed by him.
In addition to designing shops, factories, a fire station in Paris, apartment buildings, private homes, and interiors, he is one of the first architects to show an interest in cinema. He designs film sets and his design for Marcel L'Herbier's silent film “L'Inhumaine “(1924) is considered a masterpiece.
Surrealist photographer and filmmaker Man Ray makes a film inspired by Mallet-Stevens’ design for the buildings named "Villa Noailles", entitled “The Mysteries of the Château de Dé (Les Mystères du Château de Dé).
During his career, he assembles a team of artists and craftsmen who work with him such as interior designers, sculptors, master glaziers, lighting specialists, and ironsmiths.
Mallet-Stevens orders that his archives be destroyed upon his death. His wishes were honoured and his memory fell into obscurity. A French exhibition of his drawings, models, and actual works at the Centre Pompidou in 2005 sparked public interest about his contributions.
The Stackable Chair from 1930 is one his bestsellers.