Jean Gillon
Jean Gillon was a multiple-ability artist: caricaturist, set designer, sculptor and painter who has achieved success as an architect, decorator, modern furniture designer and creator of awarded tapestries. He was born in 1919, in Iasi, Romania where he graduated at the Fine Arts and Architecture School.

He arrived in Brazil in 1956, settling in São Paulo. In 1958, he decided to produce furniture for his interior design projects and, later on, for his shops Adorno. From 1964 on, he devoted himself to the international market, taking part in fairs and shows, exporting for 22 countries. He prioritized in his furniture, three essential qualities: functionality, comfort and beauty.

He has honored Brazil by naming part of his creations as Amazonas, Rio and Saci. In 1968, he gained international acclaim because of its originality and innovation by using a nylon net, with his sculptural armchair Jangada Raft, which was awarded by the MOVESP em 1991. Through the years he founded the Cidam and Woodart factories and collaborated with Italma, Village, and Probel, among others.

Mr. Gillon designed homes, shops and very successfully several luxury hotels. In 1992, he received the title of Professional of the Year by ABD. He was active as an ecologist defending Embu in the State of São Paulo. He died in 2007, in São Paulo, as a Brazilian citizen and a lover of this land that welcomed him.

Text - Graça Bueno
Illustration - Julio Dui

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