Boutiques et MagasinsRENÉ-HERBST
Paris: Editions d'Art Charles Moreau. .
First edition.  title page, essay by Herbst, list of plates; 42 black and white photographic plates and six pochoir-colour plates. 250x323mm. Number 8 in the series L'Art International D'Aujourd'Hui Loose in the original cloth-backed portfolio (257x334mm) with paper-covered boards. Marking and wear to the boards and tears to head and foot of backstrip. The plates are in excellent condition, near fine. The images show shop designs by some of the leading modernist architects in Europe, including van Doesburg, Loos, Rietveld, Fuchs and Herbst himself. This is a rare item very much of its time with beautifully produced images.
Born in Paris in 1891, René Herbst studied architecture in London and Frankfurt from 1908. In 1919 Herbst began work in Paris as a furniture designer and interior decorator. He founded Établissements René Herbst to produce the pieces he designed. In 1925 René Herbst designed several exhibition stalls for the Paris "Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes". In 1927 René Herbst designed the revolutionary and functional "Chaise Sandows". The frames were nickel-plated tubular steel, the seat and back was made of rubber strips stretched taut and fastened to the frame by hooks at the end.