Jacques Adnet was born near Paris on April 20, 1900. At age 16, he enrolled at the Ecole des Arts décoratifs, and a few years later at “La Maîtrise”, the applied arts workshops of Galeries Lafayette. From 1928 to 1959, he directed the Compagnie des Arts Français. He was one of the first to use glass and metal to make objects, lights and furniture: his favorite materials were chrome-plated and nickel-plated metal, mirror, slabs of Saint-Gobain glass, Baccarat crystal, opaline and lacquered wood. His modernist creations of the 1930s and sumptuous furniture pieces in precious woods and lacquer of the 1940s were followed in the 1950s by luxurious furniture done in leather-covered metal. From 1959 to 1970, he was the Director of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. He passed away in Paris in 1984.