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René-Jean Caillette

Birthdate
1919
Nationality
French
Occupation
Designer

Born in 1919, René-Jean Caillette is the oldest of the young fifties’ designers.

Before entering a designing school, he works at his father’s studio which helps him to get familiar with decorative art. He becomes the first of the École Nationale des Arts Aplliqués entrance exam and end up major of his promotion in 1937.

As soon as René-jean graduated, he emerged and became successful. As part of the most important designers’ groups of its generation such as the Association des Créateurs de Mobilier en Série, he designs mythical objects, like the chair “Diamant”, that are exposed in the greatest museums of the world.
Owner of a lot of famous reward such as the Grand Prix de l’Exposition Universelle in 1958, he becomes teacher in valuable French schools.
Great interior designers are trained by a modern lighting precursor.

Patrick Favardin, art historian, says of him that he is a designer with an aesthetic that “originates from the very sources of the most refined elegance. The simplicity of his forms is not that of an aesthetic minimalism, but the product of an ethic that combines beauty with the greatest discretion”.

It is in 1971 that he will design several floor lamps, pendant lights and wall lamps for the Ateliers Disderot, now re-issued by the house Disderot.

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The simplicity of his forms is not that of an aesthetic minimalism, but the product of an ethic that combines beauty with the greatest discretion.