Design pioneers: Paul Follot Interior designer, furniture, textiles, ceramics and silverware designer, Paul Follot (1877 – 1941) was a pioneer in a glorious new era of French design. Making his mark on the Belle Époque, this Art Deco traditionalist journeyed through the shifting styles creating a unique style résumé ranging from the classic and restrained through to the Modernist and bold. Known best for his legacy in furniture, today we might use the phrase ‘Follot-style’ to describe works which pay homage to Follot’s distinctive flair. In his early work produced pre Twenties, Follot was influenced by Neo-Gothic style, with natural forms such as flowers and foliage heavily dominating. A carved budding rose called a ‘Follot rose’ was often prominent on his work, especially on the back rails of the furniture. Giltwood frames with bright upholstery were also a common feature. As the Twentieth century steamed ahead, Follot’s furniture design became more stylised towards the Modernist end of the spectrum. Many of his pre-war designs even anticipated the early Thirties trend towards streamlined forms. His designs became increasingly geometric and cubist, but never gave into the trend of the time – functionalism. His work retained its high-style, comfort, and aesthetics, and with this, an inimitable elegance. Avoiding modern materials, Follot had a deep interest in the potential of different woods and experimented with inlays, veneers, lacquers, and gilding. He became increasingly interested with using the contrasts between lighter and darker woods. Follot’s work is highly collectable, and varies dramatically in price. His less avant-garde pieces are more commonly to be found on the market.