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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Robert Mallet-Stevens (March 24, 1886 - February 8, 1945) was a French architect and designer. He is best known for Villa Poiret [1] and Villa Noailles [2].

He was one of the first architects to show an interest in cinema by combining limitless and imaginary architecture of film with real experiences. Today, his design for Marcel L'Herbier's silent film L'Inhumaine (1924) is considered a masterpiece.

Mallet-Stevens was born in a beautiful house in Paris called Maison-Laffitte (built by Mansart in 17th century). His father and his grandfather were great art collectors in Paris and Brussels. During his education, Mallet-Stevens wrote Guerande about relationships between the different forms of art. In 1924 he published a magazine called La Gazette Des 7 Arts and at the same time with the help of Ricciotto Canudo founded the Club des amis du 7 art. His most famous work is ville de noel about which Man Ray - surrealist photographer and filmmaker - made a film: The Mysteries of the Chateau of Dice .


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