Jacques Dupuis, the renowned post-World War II architect from Mons, also designed furniture for private clients. As part of his conception of architecture as a total art, he designed objects within the context of where they would be located.
Created in light cherry, Dupuis’s furniture initially appears to be of great simplicity, but it surprises us by a series of unexpected details that lend a certain complexity to the overall design. The dynamic lines, the sharp edges to the armrests and the extremities of the slender feet give the pieces a character that is both refined and expressive.
It was in 2011 that the Léon Courtin-Marcelle Bouché Fund, managed by the King Baudouin Foundation, acquired the complete drawing room and dining room suites attributed to Jacques Dupuis and which had belonged to the Dumont family. This was completed the following year by a prototype chair designed for the dining room of the ‘Parador’, the house he had designed for his brother.
The Grand Curtius in Liege has chosen to exhibit this furniture alongside furniture designed by Serrurier-Bovy with a view to creating a new dialogue between the two architects.