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SERRURIER-BOVY, Gustave SERRURIER-BOVY biography by Senses-ArtNouveau.com



Belgian furniture designer and crafts artist

After his studies in Liège, Belgium, Serrurier-Bovy was attracted by the art works and writing of British craftsman William Morris, and therefore moved to London, where he worked as a designer of interior furnishing in Modern Style. In 1884, he opened his own interior decoration and furniture shop in Liège, and later he opened branches in Brussels and Paris.

In 1984, he was one of the founding members of the "Salon de l'Esthétique" in Brussels and he presented his works in many major international exhibitions in London, Paris and Saint-Louis. He also established contact with the Artists' Colony in Darmstadt, where the German Art Nouveau Movement, Jungendstil , was developing.

Serrurier-Bovy was influenced by British Arts and Crafts Movement and became one of Belgium's leading Art Nouveau designers. His wooden furniture and metalwork were vibrant, elegant, symmetrical and linear, enriched by the use of stenciled patterns, enameled or brass fittings, stylized ornamental figures, geometric details and curved elements. He is also known as the inventor of "jointed furniture", an assembled parts modular system, created to enable an access to beautiful furniture for everyone. He worked mainly in mahogany and had a predilection for metalwork in iron, brass, bronze and copper, like some other Art Nouveau artists in Belgium, such as architect Henri van de Velde.

Major works:

The Pavillon Bleu Restaurant at the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris, France (1900)

The "Silex" Furniture (in kit-form ready to assemble):
tables, chairs, bed-room furniture in mahogany and metal fittings (from 1902);
metal lamps, hat and umbrella stands in iron and copper (circa 1902-1904).

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