'Ambassade Française'

'Ambassade Française'

Grand salon, Ambassade Francaise

Grand salon, ‘Ambassade Française’
‘Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes’, Paris 1925
Designers: Henri Rapin and Pierre Selmersheim  
Copyright: RIBA Library Books and Periodicals Collection 


One of the most prestigious French pavilions, designed by Charles Plumet, was the ‘Ambassade Française’, organised by the Société des Artistes Décorateurs. It consisted of a sequence of reception rooms and private apartments designed for an unspecified French embassy. Members of the society collaborated on the design of the interiors which ranged in style from the highly decorated, as in the case of the Grand Salon, to the uncluttered and ‘modern’, such as Mallet-Stevens's hall. This featured painted panels, by Fernand Léger and Robert Delaunay, which were removed for the pavilion's official inauguration as they were considered too ‘avant-garde’.
 
 
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