Hudson Hills Press published “The House of Leleu: Classic French Style for a Modern World, 1920-1973,” about the provincial French designer who was celebrated at the 1925 International Exposition of Decorative Arts in Paris, when winning the gran prize. While never achieved the international fame of Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann or Jean Michel Frank, Jules Leleu was as successful and probably more prolific than his better-known contemporaries.
Possessing a conservative language, which was connected more to the traditional French decorative arts than to the aesthetic of the Machine Age, Leleu’s strength lied on his ability to create interiors, which he had conducted for a large number of private and public clients, including the French ocean liners Île-de-France, Atlantique, Normandie, and France. The House of Leleu was a family business, and by the late 1930s, Leleu’s sons, André and Jean, and his daughter, Paule, has already been active partners. All photos courtesy of Maison Gerard Gallery in NY.
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