JACQUES BINY

Jacques Biny worked for almost thirty years to change his profession by perpetually questioning the functionality of the models as well as their illuminating effectiveness – working with the quality of the light sometimes obsessively.

THE STORY

Jacques Biny was a major French luminary of the period of the thirty glorious. Unlike other designers, he is also a publisher (serial industrial manufacturer) and has collaborated with some of the best young designers of his era such as Michel Buffet, Gustave Gauthier, Jean Boris Lacroix and Charles Ramos. Together, they embarked on the adventure of modern series lighting.

As a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Jacques Biny first moved to Valencia, his hometown, to work as a decorator. Faced with the lack of lighting on his sites, he decided to draw his first models that he offered to his customers. In 1950, as a result of this successful experience, he returned to Paris and five years later he founded his own modern lighting manufacturing workshop, Luminalite.

From then on, he participated in all the major national exhibitions, and produced during approximately thirty years nearly 400 models in his factory rue de la Folie Regnault. Jacques Biny was committed with energy in the community, defending the new science lost heart ontemporary lighting.

Jacques Biny worked for almost thirty years to change his profession by perpetually questioning the functionality of the models as well as their illuminating effectiveness – working with the quality of the light sometimes obsessively.

In the 1960s, Jacques Biny gained commissions for lighting installations for large-scale projects such as the big cinema of Valence Le Palace, the rooms of the Cité universitaire d’Antony and Nanterre, the prefecture of Valence and the Chantiers of the Atlantic of Saint Nazaire.

Jacques Biny died suddenly in 1976, while the Luminalite company were running at full speed. The entire work of Jacques Biny were different, coherent, and intelligent. Jacques Biny was a conductor of light. His objects are still relevant, today.

THE BINY SERIES

In 1955, Jacques Biny opened Luminalite, his workshop for producing modern lighting. Modern, before its time, the Designer-Manufacturer who was born in 1913 developed over 400 models during a 30-year career. Jacques Biny’s hallmark was rigour and he never stopped in his quest to improve how homes were lit.

Functionality was primary, the lack of superfluity in the form reminiscent of the minimalist movement that was gaining currency in American art during the 1960’s, which may go to explain why his work is as popular with American collectors as it is with Europeans. Efficiency and simplicity, restraint, elegance and modesty are the common denominators in Jacques Biny’s work.

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