Enamored with Art Deco Part IV

This is the final installment of our series on Art Deco furniture modeling.

3D model of a sculptural uplighter designed by Eugene Printz.

3D model of a sculptural uplighter designed by Eugene Printz.

What could be better than to model a beautiful museum piece? For the final installment I chose a unique, sculptural uplighter by Eugene Printz.

Wireframe model of uplighter.

Wireframe model of uplighter.

“This distinctive lamp…is made of palmwood and has a trumpet-shaped top. The shelf near the base of the lamp serves as an occasional table.” (Excerpt from p. 402 of Furniture: World Styles from Classical to Contemporary by Judith Miller.)

Actual photo of uplighter, courtesy of AllPosters.co.jp

Actual photo of uplighter, courtesy of AllPosters.co.jp

This piece is on display at the Salon de l’Asie (aka Salon Lyautey) in the Musee des Arts d’Afrique et d’Oceanie in Paris, France. French designer and master furniture maker Eugene Printz (1889-1948) designed this striking room. The luxurious parquet flooring is made of Gabonese wood, ebony and rosewood, with the furniture and doors made mostly of palmwood. As with traditional Art Deco the main source of decoration is the distinctive pattern of the wood itself, enhanced even more by the piece’s cleanly curving form. Frescoes depicting Asian scenes, dark red velvet curtains, and geometrically patterned windows give the salon a distinctive French Art Deco feel. The uplighters themselves look like stylized trees, enhancing the exotic look. I would love to visit the museum one day and see the lovely furniture pieces which represent a style I truly am enamored with.

Salon Lyautey photo courtesy of dalbera at Flickr.com

Salon Lyautey photo courtesy of dalbera at Flickr.com

I Would Love to Hear from You!

So, what do you think of this model? Please share your thoughts and opinions in the Comments section below.

Related Links

Enamored with Art Deco Part I – First part of this series, featuring a chair and table by Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann.
Enamored with Art Deco Part II – Features a gorgeous Italian buffet.
Enamored with Art Deco Part III – Features a French U-shaped table, a tulip-shaped sofa and an eight-lamp chandelier.

Sources

Salon Lyautey photo at Flickr – Thank you to dalbera for sharing this!
Le salon Lyautey : table tournante avec colonne d’eclairage – Photo of the uplighter for sale at Allposters.co.jp

External Links

Musee des Arts d’Afrique et d’Oceanie – Collections of African and Oceanian art. Art Deco sculptor Albert Janniot designed the large, stylized frieze on the exterior.

Recommended Sourcebook


Furniture: World Styles from Classical to Contemporary by Judith Miller (Dorling Kindersley, 2011) – a real treasure trove of furniture, encylopedic in scope, with excellent photographs. Written with knowledge, understanding, and a great deal of passion. My absolute favorite book in the Furniture category.




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4 Responses to “Enamored with Art Deco Part IV”

  1. VLenn says:

    Nice! Maybe model the whole room? ;-)

    • Thanks! Judith Miller’s book shows a photo of the museum with Art Deco chairs, pottery, a framed painting, bronze sculptures–it looks fantastic! I do wish I could model the whole room, though the frescoes will be a a real challenge :)

  2. Sharon says:

    The actual one looks huge! And just the right height for sitting. Can you? Or is it just for laying stuff on? Maybe the latter–it doesn’t seem balanced enough to sit on.

    • It’s an uplighter-cum-occasional table (side table). There’s a beautiful photograph in Judith Miller’s Furniture book that shows the uplighter along with armchairs and a writing table. The shelf of the uplighter is the same height as the table, so it could be anywhere around 27″ to 30″ above the floor. BTW, JIS (Japan Industrial Standard) for desk height is 67cm to 70cm, though European and American standards are taller.

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