Jacques Adnet (1900 – 1984) was a French architect and designer. After completing his studies at the Municipal School of Design in Auxerre and the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs, Adnet established the company, JJ Adnet with his twin brother Jean. In 1925, Adnet was recognized as one of the most promising young designers at both the Salon d’Automne and Les Expositions des Arts Decoratifs.
Jacques Adnet was best known for his Art Deco Modernist designs and was an icon of French Modernism. Distinctly avant garde, Adnet was among the first to integrate metal and glass in the structure and decoration of furniture. Adnet used exotic woods with a combination of metal, smoked or plain glass, leather, galuchat, parchment, and mirrors. As well as designing furniture and mirrors, Adnet designed apartments and offices for numerous clients, including the French President and Unesco. Summing up his streamlined, elegant design aesthetic, Adnet remarked: “What a lot of work to achieve simplicity”.