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Jules Leleu

French furniture designer Jules Leleu came to international attention in the 1920s during the Art Deco period, following his inclusion in the 1925 Exposition Industrielle et Arts Decoratifs where he was awarded the grand prize. Born in 1883 outside Paris, France, Leleu initially studied decorative painting, which his family’s business specialized in. He later became intrigued with furniture design and opened his own gallery, Maison Leleu. He garnered acclaim for his ability to marry modernist sensibilities with classical aesthetics and was subsequently granted prestigious commissions for luxury ocean liners such as the SS Île de France and SS Normandie, in addition to several global French embassies — in essence solidifying his position as a key figure in the development of French modern design and aesthetics. Employing old-world methods and luxury materials such as exotic woods, lacquer and intricate inlay, every piece designed by Leleu is the epitome of chic sophistication.