03 Maxine Snider
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If there ever were a case of life imitating art, it would surely apply to Maxine Snider. Case in point: It was while eyeing the art deco artwork of Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, Jean Prouve, and André Groult at the library in the Musee D'Orsay in Paris that the Chicago-based furniture designer first became enamored with early 20th-century design. "When you travel, you have time to focus on your favorite passions, and I found myself going back to that museum and paying attention to all the great furniture that had been done in the past," says Snider, whose first collection is appropriately called the Paris Series.

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"It has a lean and light scale ... even a feminine scale," she says of the boxy cherry and mahogany pieces often teetering on sinuous, saberlike legs. Winner of the Chicago Athenaeum Distinguished Furniture Award, the made-to-order Paris Series, starting at $2,200 and sold through designers, now comprises more than 35 ideas, from elegant writing tables and dressing stands to upholstered settees, salon chaises, and lounge chairs, all incorporating what Snider refers to as "the French sensibility."
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Like her Grande Salon Table and Paris Writing Table, which both feature a serpentine-shaped gallery at the back and faux ivory escutcheons, a signature detail that references the hardware shown on early art deco designs. "There's something about shapes and forms, playing lyrical shapes against others that are strict and retrained, that become a sort of language in the collection," offers Snider. "I see my furniture as very minimalist, but people respond to it as softer, more midway between something very severe and something traditional."

Paris Series by Maxine Snider, (312) 527-4170, www.maxinesniderinc.com 
Pictured: Vienna bed, Salon chaise, Collector's table