Armand-Albert Rateau (1882-1938) was a French decorator and architect. However, it was through his furniture design that he became one of the most influential contributors to the Art Deco movement of the early 20th century.
The wit and delicacy of Rateau’s work, and the skill level required to execute it, is astounding. His style is ancient and yet has an entirely modern aesthetic. He was greatly influenced by disparate styles, including the geometric and abstract design principals of his time and the ruins of ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy.
Rateau often juxtaposed a striking mix of materials, such as oak and black marble or alabaster and cast bronze, to create luxurious furnishings and fixtures. His quintessential Art Deco style is abundantly evident in his design of a master bedroom and bath suite for the influential Parisian couturier Jeanne Lanvin. For the bathroom he created geometric mosaic tiled floors in cream and black marble, while a delicate carving of a tranquil forest scene sits above an enormous, hand-carved bathtub, reminiscent of the ancient Roman baths. The overall effect is one of opulence, tempered by simplicity.
If this type of aesthetic is what your client is looking for, look no further. We’ve had great success replicating Rateau-inspired pieces for several of our prestigious international clients. The style is a favorite of Ian Agrell himself, and he has recreated many pieces for his own home.