This very rare Evelyne Chest of Drawers was designed by Joseph-André Motte and edited by Charron in 1959. It is considered to be one of the pioneering designer’s most striking designs, thanks to the object’s radical proportions, sophisticated multitude of drawers, and unique shape and pattern of the ivory knobs. This particular example has a charming story behind it: Motte’s cabinetmaker—with whom he worked on a number of importants projects—fell in love with the design and decided to make one for himself. He made this version in a nobler wood, walnut, and installed ivory knobs instead of Bakélite.
French designer Motte (1925–2013), alongside contemporaries like Pierre Guariche and Pierre Paulin, defined modernist design in postwar France. He worked effortlessly and elegantly across scales, from furniture to large-scale public projects.