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Maxime Old

 

20th century modern art furniture creator

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Star Mirror

Star Mirror

The Star Mirror genesis dates back from E.J. Ruhlmann.   As he requested when he dies his company is liquidated. Several customers then get in touch with Maxime Old. They liked him in Ruhlmann workshop and wish to go on with him. Some will be especially regular, private and professional...
Ruhlmann by his fellow workers

Ruhlmann by his fellow workers

Fifty years later, we wish to give you the opportunity of using Maxime Old archives to present Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann by his fellow workers.
Ruhlmann country house

Ruhlmann country house

We find interesting to dedicate a special article to EJ. Ruhlmann country house. Its architecture has been realized for him by his friend architect Pierre Patout in the Norman style. Why ? In 1910 his step was innovative, another article will compare it with Maxime Old one fifty years later;...
Misunderstanding lifted

Misunderstanding lifted

Misunderstanding lifted: lately several identical dining rooms mostly claiming they were by Maxime Old were auctioned on both sides of the Atlantic: Artcurial, Millon, Kreutzer, French Art Deco Furniture … A private person and another professional still own some and ask us to authenticate them. The main piece responsible for...
Ocean Liners Legend

Ocean Liners Legend

Maxime Old contributed to the glamourous Ocean Liners Legend. First with the Paquebot Atlantique in 1930, it reached its peak with the France in 1961. Many anecdotes would be interesting to deepen, for instance:  In 1930 while Maxime is working for Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, why is he authorized to compete, win,...
Maxime Old according to a young researcher

Maxime Old according to a young researcher

Maxime Old according to a young researcher is offering the Master thesis of Lorraine Tissier-Rebour. This Bibliography heading is already offering many subjects dealing with Maxime Old and his work. We could add a lot more as he was followed closely by specialized magazines during his whole career. It would...
Y Desk

Y Desk

The Y Desk is a good example for the « flashes » Maxime Old had.
In Rouen two Maxime Old visible interiors

In Rouen two Maxime Old visible interiors

Regarding the quality of its historical and artistic patrimony Rouen is one of the very first towns in France. In Rouen you’ll find two Maxime Old  visible interiors.
Paquebot France Relaxing Armchair

Paquebot France Relaxing Armchair

  In 1959 the Paquebot France Relaxing Armchair appeared at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs where it was presented together with the Wave Table.   Maxime is fond of that armchair. He uses it in several prestige projects, in particular for the VIP Lounge of Marseilles Airport, for the first...
Paquebot France Bridge Armchair

Paquebot France Bridge Armchair

Inspired by the specifications of the ocean liner France, Maxime works on his Paquebot France Bridge Armchair. It is obvious that its design is quite homogeneous with the Paquebot France Relaxing Armchair’s: upside down pyramidal shape of the body, emphasized joint between seat and back …..with its own personality.  ...
Two Maxime Old periods side by side

Two Maxime Old periods side by side

Two pieces, typical of two Maxime Old periods, are advertised in the list of the Artcurial November 24th 2015 auction sale.
Maxime Old Los Angeles

Maxime Old Los Angeles

Maxime Old Los Angeles : in october 2013 the 18th «Los Angeles Antiques, Art & Design Show» presented a exceptionnal collection of Art furnitures. The Morateur Gallery, specialised in Art Déco, choose to present a pair of spectacular “n° 376” neo-classical armchairs, mahogany structure, covered with gold leather by Maxime Old....
Two outstanding Maxime Old creations in Tajan salesroom

Two outstanding Maxime Old creations in Tajan salesroom

Current news encourages us to honour two outstanding Maxime Old creations.
VIP Deck Armchair

VIP Deck Armchair

The first sketch and idea of this deck armchair are dated 1961. Maxime Old studied it for the VIP patio of ocean liner France. Then he decided to focus on first class main lounge. He saved the VIP deck armchair in his files for another opportunity. In 1965 he executed...
Customer relationship

Customer relationship

His customers as his students said “The first contact with Maxime Old was impressive, not easy… But soon, breakaway leaded to emptiness”. Many of them became cloth friends. What happened in this customer relationship?
Maxime Old's childhood

Maxime Old’s childhood

Let’s start from the childhood: Maxime Old was born on December 13, 1910 in Maisons Alfort close to Paris. His father, Louis, of german origine, was a cabinetmaker and woodcarver whose business was established in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine area of Paris. Maxime’s mother, Maximilienne, was of Italian origin, and she...
The Boulle School and Ruhlmann Workshop

The Boulle School and Ruhlmann Workshop

Up to the end of his middle school years, Maxime Old was a good schoolboy, the son of an artisan specializing in cabinet-making. Entering the Boulle School initiated a period of change, and it was the beginning of a number of minor “initiatives” that broke away from the disciplinary boundaries of...
Team art-work concept

Team art-work concept

According to Maxime Old, art furniture is a true team art-work. The designer creates the virtual piece (his vision) and delivers its coded full description so that his team can execute it.
Version française de cet article ReferenceReference site for Maxime Old, French interior architect and art furniture designer, one of the 20th century leading artists.

He has been famously recognized all along his career from 1930 to 1990.

Today his works are highly appreciated by art professionals and collectors. Learn more about the XXth century Art-Deco and Design Creators.

 

Our goal here is to extend the life of his Artwork.

This reference site offers simple access to genuine information.

Just as Maxime’s works, his site tends to elegance, simplicity and refinement, plus bonus “tricks”.

  • The 20th century tab gathers information on the man and its works during its life;
  • The 21st century is about today and presents releases of its masterpieces;
  • The Services tab details the benefits you may get.

The “tricks” always available

Click on any picture for a wide view

In the header :

  1. Left, our logo leads back to this home page
  2. Up right, search tool
  3. Down right, switch to French/English  home page

In the right-hand colum :

  1. Three shortcuts to present Collections, Exhibitions and History
  2. An overview slideshow

In the footer:

  1. Left, our Logo leads to the Site map
  2. Left, Copyright & legal provisions
  3. Left, Technical support for a nicer navigation
  4. Center, Musics from Maxime preferred … for your pleasure
  5. Right, Social-links & Contact form
  6. Right, Maxime Old Concept as a company
  7. Right, our partners

Present developments of Maxime Old’s reference masterpieces here.