Jacques Hitier and the 1940s 1950s 1960s French designers

Jacques Hitier is part of the generation of designers whose first premise dates back from before the second war world and main creations and achievements during Reconstruction and from the 1950s.

Like all artists, they got inspired by some of their peers and inspired the next generations.

Post Second War World, this generation of (interior) designers/architects didn’t only design the outside of buildings, but also the inside with furniture.

Jacques Hitier and the post-War World II (interior) designers got inspired by:

  • Royère (1902-1981)
  • Leleu (1883-1961)
  • Adnet (1900-1984)
  • Old (1910-1991)
  • Domin/Dominique (1883-1962)
  • Guiguichon (1901-1985)
  • Jallot (1900-1971)
  • Berthier
  • Spade
  • Tournus
  • Pré
  • Guéden
  • Arbus
  • Subes
  • Champion

In the same generation of Jacques Hitier:

  • René Gabriel
  • Jacques Hauville
  • Marcel Gascoin
  • Jean Prouvé
  • Charlotte Perriand
  • Jean Rayère
  • Pierre Jeanneret
  • Caillette
  • Landault
  • Dumond
  • Seigneur
  • Perreau
  • Renou et Génisset
  • Mortier
  • Meyer
  • Guénot
  • Sognot
  • Gautier
  • Seigneur
  • Martin
  • Saint-Sabin
  • Flachet
  • Durussel

Here is a documentary highlighting their achievements and the 1950s design style post-War World II when France needed to be rebuilt.

They gave a sense of modernity to the following generations with the following designers in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s:

  • Richard
  • Guariche
  • Picard
  • Monpoix
  • Guermonprez
  • Motte
  • “ARP”
  • Paulin
  • Matégot
  • Vassal
  • Dangles et Defrance
  • Gaillard
  • Pons
  • Baillon
  • Paolozzi

Each of these waves of designers and (interior) architect has their owned challenges and requirements. For example, the Post-War/Reconstruction style designers were very human-centric to arrange smaller and smaller living spaces practically and conveniently.

Jacques Hiter played a key role to bridge the Post-War/Reconstruction style and the other movements from 1950 starting with the industrial design. This role of transmitter is important among Jacques Hitier’s achievements, especially through his journey at L’école Boulle.