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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Ruhlmann - Paris fashioned the lens of Pollaro Ltd















Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann (28 August 1879 – 15 November 1933), his first names often seen reversed as Jacques-Émile, was a renowned French designer of furniture and interiors, epitomising for many the glamour of the French Art Deco style of the 1920 and 30's.
Pollaro has most cleverly turned this beautiful side board into a modern day way of hiding an LED Monitor  on a lift.
He was born in Paris to Alsatian parents who were in the general decorating business. When his father died in 1907 he took over the family firm.
In 1919 Ruhlmann founded, with Pierre Laurent, the company Ruhlmann et Laurent, specializing in interior design and producing luxury home goods that included furniture, wallpaper and lighting. By this time, Ruhlmann was making formal elegant furniture using precious and exotic woods in combination with ivory fittings, giving them a classic, timeless appeal.
Ruhlmann's legacy as a designer was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2004. In 2009, he was called the "Art Deco's greatest artist" by the New York Times.[1]
Recreating Ruhlmann - Very few artisans in the world are capable of creating furniture that is period perfect and in keeping with the great masters original intentions.  Frank Pollaro has achieved that master status once reserved strictly for wood craftsmen guilds licensed and authorized solely in France.  Pollaro Ltd has earned the respect of great designers such as David Easton to Victoria Hagan and can boast to be in the homes of Bradd Pitt/ Angelina Jolie as well as that of David Geffen.  
Frank Pollaro, not only mastered wood shaping, but also intricacies of metal smithing, faux ivory, marquetry and parquetry, inlay veneers, and absolutely exquisite bronze work as can be seen in the coiffuse above.  Each piece is made with love and attention to every marvelous detail.  Mr. Pollaro is one of those rare artisans that are one of a kind and truly a national treasure in their own right.

Some of these exact museum quality collectible pieces can seen from November 16 to December 10th at Holiday House NYC - one of New York City's largest show houses at 2 E. 63rd street - Leonard Blavatnik's Beaux Arts historically acclaimed Townhouse. www.holidayhousenyc.com for more info.

For more information on acquiring Ruhlmann re-editions and original Jacques Ruhlmann antiques contact - Inson Wood   www.insonwood.com 212.343.1077