French designer, Jean-Michel Frank is one of my favorites. He was minimalist in his aesthetic and was known to use luxury materials such as shagreen and mica when constructing his furniture.
He happened to also invent the Parsons Table. In the early 1930s when he was attending….wait for it….Parsons School of Art and Design in Paris, he designed what is arguably the most recognized piece of furniture around. The idea was to design a table so bare and modest that it would retain it’s integrity no matter what it was constructed out of.
It’s also noteworthy that he surrounded himself with quite an artistic crew. His friends included Picasso, Dali, and Giacometti.
His pieces at auction today routinely hit five figures and they’ve attracted the likes of Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld.