The 1930s, with the glamour of the great ocean liners and the thrilling rise of skyscrapers saw a time of great changes in home fashion for those on the cutting edge of design across the whole world. And as ever, it was the French who were the inspired movers of the age we call Art Deco, the revolution that spread from Paris to New York, Miami, and onward to Shanghai.
Famed French silversmith Jean Emile Puiforcat created this tea and coffee service; a magnificent survivor of the period. The flowers and scrolls of Edwardian society are gone, leaving sleek, fresh and simple geometric lines inspired by those of the great French liner the Normandie. This design could not possibly be from any other era, and yet it still holds its own, looking as incredibly tres chic today as it did 80 years ago. And what a better way to end a dinner party than over coffee and tea from this striking conversation piece.
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