Born in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, Jules Leleu succeeded his father in the family painting business at the age of 26. With his brother, he began work in the Decorating field. Not until Jules Leleu was in his mid-30s did he start to specialize in furniture design. By 1925 Leleu had his own gallery in Paris, and that same year he exhibited at the Exposition Industrielle et Arts Decoratifs. Among his more famous architectural works are several different French embassies, and the Grand Salon of the Ambassadors at the Society of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Similar to other Art Deco Designers of this period, Jules Leleu designed many different furnishings for lavish steamships. Jules Leleu died in 1961.
Seen by some critics as a designer overly-inspired by Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann (1879-1933), Leleu eventually developed an elegant and refined design language of his own that distinguished him from his contemporaries. The Jules Leleu armchair is the new edition of one of the most suggestive and original works by Leleu, who liked it to the point of using it several times in Marcel L'Herbier's film "La Parum del la Dame en Noir" in 1931 and in the "Trouville" apartment on the liner "Normandie" in 1935.
Made in Italy.
Dimensions: H 34" x D 33" x W 67"
Materials: Two seat sofa. Frame in hardwood and reinforced steel back, covered with expanded foam and polyester fiber. Cushions in foam and cotton. Removable fabric slip cover.
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