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André Lurçat

André Lurçat

André Lurçat (1894–1970) studied architecture at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1913 to 1923, although this included an interruption for military service. He then started to work in the atelier of Robert Mallet-Stevens and Henri Pacon. In 1928, he co-founded the Congrès Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM) in La Sarraz. In the year after, he began to design furniture for the Thonet Company. At the Vienna Werkbund Estate, he contributed houses nos. 25–28, and also furnished house no. 25. In 1934, Lurçat was made architectural director of medical training buildings in Moscow, where he remained until 1937. At the end of the war, he was put in charge of reconstruction work in the Département du Nord in France. Lurçat was among the leading representatives of functionalist architecture in inter-war France.