Important Sofa by Joseph-André Motte, France 1950’s


Joseph-André Motte (1925 – 2013)

Rare, sculptural model 770 couch by Joseph-André Motte for Steiner. With a sinuous high back and dramatic winged armrests upholstered in linden green wool, supported by playfully slanted and curved black enameled tubular legs. Kin to Eero Saarinen’s Womb chair and Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair, Motte’s streamlined settee offers an oasis of calm but cuts a more unusual profile. Graceful and light, it conforms to the human body/ies in multiple positions, a radical innovation by an influential leader of French postwar design dedicated to an optimistic and welcoming vision of modernism.

Excellent condition. The seating has been recently reupholstered and the legs re-enameled.

  • Origin: France
  • Period: 1950's
  • Dimensions: 59’’ W x 35’’ D x 36’’ H; Seat Height 17’’
  • Materials: Enameled steel; wool.
  • Condition: Excellent; wear consistent with age and use


Product Description


Joseph-André Motte (1925 – 2013)

Sculptural Model 772 sette by Joseph-André Motte for Steiner, with black-lacquered ( not enamel????) steel (???) legs and Kvadrat wool upholstery in linden green.

France, 1950’s

59’’ W x 32’’ D x 36’’ H; Seat Height 17’’

Excellent condition. The legs have recently been re-lacquered and the seating reupholstered.

Price upon request.


Rare, sculptural Model 770 settee by Joseph-André Motte for Steiner, with black enameled legs and wool linden green upholstery

Rare two-seat version of the “770” chair by Motte, a very interesting design seldom seen in the US. Newly upholstered seat and back with brass legs. Measures: Seat depth 23″.


couch, sofa, settee