(b Herbeviller, Meurthe-et-Moselle, 13 July 1856; d Nancy, 21 July 1922). French architect and cabinetmaker. He learnt his trade in the carpentry business belonging to his uncle Charles-Auguste Claudel (1827-93), a specialist in church furniture, in Nancy. His early woodwork (e.g. the great organ of the church of St Léon at Nancy) was Gothic, but under the influence of Emile Gallé and Victor Prouvé, Vallin became an exponent of Modernism. The Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy houses several pieces of furniture and a furnished dining-room (1904) that illustrate the nature of Vallin's work, and there is also an astonishing multi-functional bookcase (1902) decorated with a sculpture by his son Auguste Vallin (1881-1967).
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.