80s Raphael Raffel lounge fauteuil set/2
Raphaël Raffel was born in Paris in 1912. In the 1940s, his work became synonymous with the status of the “ensembliers-décorateurs,” or a true designer of an interior space in its totality. Therefore Raphaël was not only a creator of singular items of furniture, but he also in decoration of walls, lighting, and every other element on display within an interior space. By the 1950s Raphaël was well-established as a collaborator with other French designers. In 1952, his work was shown alongside designs by Georges Jouve in the Salon des Arts Ménagers, and in the same year he and André Arbus were given the joint task of decorating a portion of the grand ocean liner, Le Bretagne. Beyond this Raphaël also became known in his own right for elegant combinations of lacquer, distinctive coloring, glasswork and gilt bronze. His use of refined materials and impeccable execution recall the Louis XVI period.
By the 1960’s, Raphaél became inspired by Italian and American space age design, the clean lines and new materials of mid-century modern, and these chairs are wonderful examples of the contemporary styles of the time but with an academic and historical understanding of proportion, form, material. In these days these ‘raffel’ chairs have been designed and produced. It is sure that Raphaël worked with Herman Miller in those days, specially for the USA production. It is unknown if all ‘raffel’ chairs have been produced in the US because Raphaël also had France manufacturers to whom he had the chairs produced.
This set has a nice color patina and the frames are in good condition, the fabric is still original fabric!