Are you familiar with Art Nouveau? The Ecole de Nancy Museum, the Daum collections at the Fine Arts Museum, and the Villa Majorelle are among the best examples in Nancy of this movement that began in the late 19th century.
“Art Nouveau supported renovating living spaces to be more pleasant and adapted to the times“, explains Valérie Thomas, curator of the Ecole de Nancy Museum.
Today, the Villa Majorelle is one of the most eloquent examples. Just a few hundred metres from Nancy’s train station, you can walk there via Rue de la Commanderie or Avenue Foch, both of which display remarkable examples of Nancy School architecture. Come on in, the door is open.
“The materials of the house contribute to a certain unity, giving it a pleasant, warm, and harmonious feel. Above all, the site offers a very different experience than visiting a museum: there are few information panels so that visitors really feel like they are guests in a house.”
The idea is to feel at home. But how couldn’t you? In 1901, Louis Majorelle, a successful furniture designer and industrialist, entrusted the plans for the home to architect Henri Sauvage, who was greatly influenced by Hector Guimard, designer of the Parisian metro stations. The Villa Majorelle combines comfort with the beauty of shapes, with plants being the essential source of inspiration.
A home with a unique personality, specific to the aims of Art Nouveau, especially “the embodiment of the local identity“, as history buffs are well aware.
“The villa was a way to display the wealth of the region to the Germans who had annexed Alsace and Moselle, but not Meurthe-et-Moselle.”