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Primavera tells the story of a stunning artistic adventure spanning over six of the most creative decades about French Art Décoratifs.

In 1912, the department store "Au Printemps" in Paris is the first of its kind to give itself an original art creation studio. The purpose of this art studio is to develop modern Arts Décoratifs and to facilitate their diffusion.

Conceived by René Guilleré, founder of the Société des Artistes Décorateurs and Pierre Laguionie, the young and dynamic manager of the department store " Au Printemps ", the project is called Primavera ("Spring" in Italian) a name which cleverly echoes the department store's own name, "Spring" in French.

As soon as WWI comes to its awaited end, Primavera rapidly grows up. The ideas behind this art creation studio are to have ensembles of hand-crafted furniture and art objects produced by traditional workshops, to promote young artists. Its purposes are to introduce art into interiors by making affordable to everyone useful or decorative objects, both beautiful, modern and of good quality.

Creators are appointed, a pottery is bought in Touraine-France to ensure part of the production, other art workshops' collaboration is asked in various fields such as glass work and ceramics...Soon an original production is born.

The immediate success of Primavera prompts other parisian department stores to found their own art creation studio. Big names are recruited : Paul Follot creates Pomone for "Au Bon Marché", while Maurice Duchêne takes the head of La Maîtrise for "Les Galeries Lafayette" and "Les Magasins du Louvre" hire Kohlmann for their Studium.

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Comment by Tome Wilson on September 30, 2015 at 12:51pm

Very insightful, Stefan.  Thank you for the photos and the information.  I was not aware of many of these artists.

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