Born on December 29, 1909, in Lausanne, Janette Laverrière began learning the essential principles of her craft from her father, architect Alphonse Laverrière. She studied at the Canton School of Drawing and Applied Art in Lausanne and later attended courses at the Gewerbe Schule in Basel.

She then moved to Paris and, from 1932 to 1933, completed an internship at Ruhlmann's workshop. From 1944, she continued her activities under her own responsibility, undertaking numerous public and private installations. Janette Laverrière has been participating in the Salons of the Society of Decorative Artists since 1936 and has been an active member since 1938. She is a founding member of the Union of Decorative Artists and Creators of Ensembles and has exhibited at the Salons of Imagerie and, from 1944, at the Salons of Household Arts.

Throughout her career, Janette Laverrière has received accolades for her work, including plaques from the Society of Encouragement for Art and Industry, a Gold Medal at the International Exhibition of 1937, and the Formica Society Prize at the Salon of Decorative Artists in 1948. In 1945 and 1950, she received commissions from the State, and one of her pieces was acquired by the State at the Salon of Household Arts.

As an interior architect and decorator, Janette Laverrière is decidedly of her time, embracing the innovations, progress, and challenges of the era while keeping her ties with the past strictly necessary. She has a fondness for new materials such as Formica, aluminum, lacquered metal tubes, and glass tiles.

While she has designed offices for commercial and public establishments, she particularly enjoys the complexity of the problems posed by private residences. From the living room to the "combined kitchen," from the nursery to the bedrooms, she strives to organize solutions that best suit the personality and habits of the user.

She has a preference for pure and vivid colors, but her choices and combinations are always tailored to the specific case at hand. Although she willingly adheres to functionalism, she seeks to highlight the constructive and logical elements and give them decorative value.

Janette Laverrière works diligently to find furniture models that offer practical and pleasant combinations to fit the compact living spaces of today. She is particularly interested in seats and has undertaken numerous studies and projects on this topic.

She designs her furniture, as well as most of her pieces, for mass production while ensuring they retain a charming uniqueness.


Sources : Mobilier et Decoration N° 3 Avril 1956