A Fascination for Materials
A fascination for materials was central to Jean-Michel Frank's practice as a designer. His contemporaries in the Union des Artistes Modernes (UAM) shared his love of materials,
but for Frank, who never formally belonged to any modernist movement, materials were a means, not an end.
Though his furniture was rooted in the tradition of fine cabinetry, he never devoted himself to a particular craft in the sense that Eileen Gray was a student of lacquer or Pierre Chareau favored wrought iron. He selected materials and their various textures—from straw to mica, plaster, terracotta, shagreen, obsidian and parchment-like paints in a palette that contributed to the greater decorative scheme.