Jean-Michel Frank was born in Paris on February 28, 1895. He began to study law in 1911. During World War I, his family was struck by tragedy; both of his older brothers died, and his father committed suicide. Frank entered the business of interior design in 1921, taking on projects for Pierre Drieu La Rochelle and Charles Peignot. In 1930, he became the artistic director of Chanaux & Company, providing interiors for clients in Europe and the United States. His work for and relationship with Charles and Marie-Laure de Noailles propelled him into the realm of the Parisian elite. World War II lead to the closure of Chanaux & Company, and Frank fled France for Argentina and then then traveled to New York. He committed suicide there on March 8, 1941. Frank's legacy lives on, influencing future generations; the term "le style Frank" refers to the combination of simple forms, luxurious materials, and understated modernity.
Jean-Michel Frank is featured in Edition: Guest Editor, Wes Gordon