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Former students of the Ecole Boulle, Philippe Genêt and Lucien Michon set up a design firm in 1911 that will make lighting fixtures in 1919. They are present at the Salon des artistes décorateurs in 1922 with among other things some Art Deco furniture inspired by the Louis XVI style. But from the next Salon d'Automne, they exhibit a chandelier with frosted molded-pressed glass shades, matching sconces, and also a fruit bowl in glass.



Set in the Marais, rue du Parc Royal in Paris, they specialize in creating and editing lighting, mirrors and decorative items made of molded-pressed glass.


At the Salon des artistes décorateurs in 1923, they present a table center piece and frosted glass shades and plaques mounted on engraved bronze or wrought iron. The same year, Raymond Subes makes a wrought iron floor lamp base for Genet & Michon.


From 1927, they participate in Salons des artistes décorateurs on several booths with glass frames, glass pressed lighting fixtures and a wall covering in pressed glass too, produced in collaboration with the Franco-Belgian Society in Lyon for the mechanical glass manufacturing (Libbey-Owens process), chandeliers, and a frosted glass globe on a bronze base.


In this period they work for national palaces, the Elysee Palace, embassies, and ministries. The firm also collaborates with some major decorators such as Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, Paul Follot, and Maurice Dufrene.


Their presence is particularly strong at the Salon des artistes décorateurs in 1932 exhibiting with a large reflector vase in bronze and polished crystal tiles, and the lighting of many booths.

The house Genêt & Michon continues its activities after the war, until the 1960s.












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