Joseph-André MOTTE portrait

Joseph-André Motte

1925 - 2013

Graduating valedictorian from the Ecole des Arts Appliqués in 1948, after studying under René Gabriel and Louis Sognot, he joined Marcel Gascoin’s atelier in 1952. He was a member of Groupe IV working with Charron in 1953 ad ARP from 1954 to 1957. Motte contributed to Steiner’s success by designing models such as the “770” series, big “flower” armchairs with zip covers, even before the invention of Jersey. He was one of the most articulate designers of his generation, certainly one of the most innovative and some say the best… 

From the mid-1950s, he was awarded the most fantastic projects of that time. He created the most emblematic designs for them and worked with Mobilier National from 1967. He began using stainless steel in the 1950s and further developed his designs with this material in the 1960s. In charge of the ENSAD conferences in 1959, he was Chairman of the SAD from 1966 to 1968. 


- Interior design of Orly, Roissy, Lyon Satolas and Octeville airports.
- Interior of the European Council building in Strasbourg / Prefecture in Cergy Pontoise
- Grenoble Town Hall / metro stations, RER train stations
- Silver medal - Triennale di Milano - 1949
- 1st and 2nd prize at the Centre Technique du Bois competition – 1955
- Silver medal at the 11th Triennale di Milano with ARP -1957
- René Gabriel Award – 1957
- Gold medal at the Brussels World Fair - 1958 (French pavilion)
Joseph-André MOTTE portrait
Motte Caillette Charron
Catalogue d'Agence Motte 1969, Palais présidentiel du Mali, 1963
MOTTE Archives 1960
MOTTE appartement fauteuil tripode
Joseph André Motte Portrait