Object of Our Desire

Designer Jacques Adnet

Leave it to the French to devise furniture that's at once discreet and voluptuous. The French forties tables and chairs of esteemed designer Jacques Adnet look almost midcentury modern, with simple lines dressed up in vivid materials such as brass and shagreen. His handcrafted ca. 1947 desk ($45,000), for instance, is minimalist in aesthetic only: It is covered entirely in supple leather, down to the bamboo-style legs. It looks equally at home with a contemporary leather safari chair ($1,450) that folds up for easy transport and an old-world zebra rug ($2,800). Available at Coconut Company, 131 Greene Street, New York, NY 10012; 212-539-1940.