Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Muller Frères: From Art Nouveau to Art Deco

 Last week, the post was about Émile Gallé, an artist, designer and innovator in the time of Art Nouveau. He trained many who want to intern in the art of glass. Amongst these interns were the members of the Muller family.

Muller siblings were many, lead by Henri Muller, who left Gallé with 4 of his brothers to start a glass company of their own. In time, they were joined by a sister and 3 more brothers to make "Muller Frères" a family glass business.

At first, with the influence of their mentor, they designed Art Nouveau glass items. In time, with the beginning of the Art Deco era in the 1920 to 1930s, they created electric light sconces, desk lamps and overhead lighting along with vases and other furnishings. However, they're best remembered for their lamps and chandeliers.

With the start of WW1 and the death of a brother, the business was shut down. The siblings came back together after the war. The family team would go on to great success through the 1920s. Alas, the Great Depression would hit their business hard and the factory stopped production in 1933. 

One thing that's important in writing this blog is to try to give a sense of the artists' body of work.In addition their original Art Deco lighting designs, I've included a few of their gorgeous vases.    



  1. Thank you for this wonderful information. The examples are lovely.