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Roger Capron

Roger Capron (1922-2006) was a French artist, art teacher, ceramics sculptor and furniture designer. He studied and taught at the École des Arts Appliqués à l’Industrie in Paris and owned a ceramics studio with artist Robert Picault. His first design accolade was the Gold Medal, awarded at the Milan Triennale in 1954. Many other honors would follow in the course of his long career. Later, Capron moved to Vallauris, France, a town with a strong pottery tradition, where Pablo Picasso was also designing for workshops. Capron would produce furniture for the next three decades, often incorporating clay and pottery elements. The use of ceramic tile is perhaps the most notable characteristic of Roger Capron furnishings; it set this artist’s works apart from other mid-century modern designers. Among the many notable furniture pieces made by Capron are tables, for example, the Rectangular Garrigue Tile Top Coffee Table, crafted from hardwood and topped with Garrigue tiles, which are made by pressing leaves into clay. Once the clay is fired, the leaves burn into ash and leave an imprint behind. Capron's Soleil Coffee Table is a mid-century piece crafted from steel and colorful earthenware tiles. Roger Capron furniture is a favorite of collectors for its unique, authentic features and quality construction.