Charles Steiner set up his workshop in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine in Paris in 1926. With the signature chrome-plated metallic tubes of his Constance chair, he follows in the path of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe. After the war, his son Hugues soon turned the workshop into a thriving company at the cutting edge of French creation.
He surrounded himself with young and talented designers, including Pierre Garriche, Joseph-André Motte, René-Jean Caillette, Michel Mortier and Kwok Hoï Chan, offering a truly contemporary image and introducing, at the time, a yet unheard of word: design.
This chair became the ultimate cult item. Architects, designers and even engineers make it a cornerstone of their work.
Steiner was a part of the design adventure that gave the 20th century a special place in the history of decorative arts and endeavours to ensure that its merits live on.