In the 1930s, Jean-Michel Frank wowed the French design world with his pared-down elegance. A new exhibit at Gallery Bac in Manhattan's Soho district illustrates his influence far beyond the Right Bank. Frank designed some of the most striking furnishings of his career for wealthy Argentine clients who discovered his edgy hide-upholstered armchairs and iron guéridon tables on sojourns to Paris. Soon after, his seriously chic furniture was being imported to, and eventually produced in, Buenos Aires. Judging by the 30-odd pieces in this show, they are just as chic today.
"Jean-Michel Frank in Argentina," Gallery Bac, through November 19; .