Marc Nicolas Du Plantier (1901-1975)

Marc Nicolas du Plantier was a creator with a great culture which followed the decorative arts tradition. Seeking the perfection of shapes, Marc du Plantier created in a neoclassical style. Painter, decorator, furniture designer, sculptor of iron lights forged by himself, Marc du Plantier renewed his propositions and never forgot his quest of Beauty.

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Marc Nicolas du Plantier was a creator with a great culture which followed the decorative arts tradition. Seeking the perfection of shapes, Marc du Plantier created in a neoclassical style. Painter, decorator, furniture designer, sculp- tor of iron lights forged by himself, Marc du Plantier renewed his propositions and never forgot his quest of Beauty.

Born in 1901 in Madagas- car nothing predestined him to be a interior designer. He gave up the preparatory course of Polytechnical school to follow a formation at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. In the same time, he took lessons at the Academie Jullian. Marc Du Plantier became a decorator in 1928. First, drawer for theatre set and then for the fashion world, he wait 1932 to reveal his first true creation. At this date, he moved with his wife in a huge appartement, 14 boulevard Suchet, in Paris ; and he designed completely the space. All the press talked about this evening when Marc Du Plantier welcame all the Parisian intelligentsia to make them discover this sumptuous set up. Du Plantier is surrounded by an artistic and intellectual circle, as the artist Joseph Csaky whose some of his artworks decorated Du Plantier’s realizations. This was the beginning of the fame for him, and we can already talked about a refined and enchanting style. Yves Badetz, author of the artist’s monograph says that Marc Du Plantier shared : « the poet sensibility, the architect precision, the artist imagination and the elegance of the man of the world ».

In 1936, Du Plantier moved in Boulogne-Billancourt, became since few years a true laboratory for modern architecture. This same year, he participated in the exhibition « Formes d’architecture » at the Art & Industrie gallery, organized by Waldemar George. He exhibited his pieces of furniture next to the ones of Paule Marrot, Bolette Natanson, André Arbus, Jean-Michel Frank, Max Ingrand, Gilbert Poillerat.

1939 was also a milestone in his career : he participated for the first time in the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs where he presented a bedroom ; and left for Spain where he stayed for the next ten years.
After his arrival, thanks to Jeanne Heim, Marc Du Plan- tier obtained his first order. For the the Count and Countess Elda, he designed their appartment. Here Marc Du Plantier expressed himself deeply : the walls of the dining room were painted in rose-brick color, and those were covered with a grey-beige marble ; the doors and the chairs were covered with a blond leather ; the light was indirect. All was designed in order to gather the collection of furniture. For this special order, Marc Du Plantier designed a model of table lampe, close to the ones we exhibit. The Spanish adventure allowed him to rub shoulder with an aristocratic and refined clientele. This is how he had designed some interiors for the Marquessa of Marbecq, for Juan March, for the Marquessa del Salobral, for the Larma duchess or for the Mirat Diego family.

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