Herbévillers 1856 - Nancy 1922
Trained in his uncle’s carpentry studio, Eugène Vallin learned to sculpt and model wood from Charles Pètre at the municipal school of design. He succeeds his uncle in April 1881.
As a furniture maker, he worked solely upon commissions. It was his refusal to industrialize his production that distinguished him from cabinet-makers such as Gallé and Majorelle. He produced dining room sets, living room sets, and office sets for Nancy’s largest art patrons such as Corbin, Masson, Bergeret, Kronberg, etc. After the production of gothic inspired religious furniture, the artist evolved his art by using his double experience in construction and sculptor-cabinetry. In collaboration with Georges Biet, Eugène Vallin designes a couple of modernist inspired buildings, most notably his own house on boulevard Lobau in 1895 (which is the first Art Nouveau building in Nancy) as well as the Georges Biet’s villa at 22, rue de la Commanderie.
He designs in 1896 the doors to Gallé’s cabinety making workshop, which are currently kept in the garden of the Ecole de Nancy Museum.
In 1901, he was one of the vice presidents of the Ecole de Nancy. He was the designer, in collaboration with Victor Prouvé, of the Ecole de Nancy pavilion at the International Exposition of Eastern France held in Nancy in 1909.
Some of his work still visible in Nancy includes Vallin’s house and studio on boulevard Lobau (1895), the Villa Biet at 22 rue de la Commanderie (1902), apartments at 86 rue Stanislas, the Masson dining room set (1903), and the Kronberg office at the Ecole de Nancy Museum.
Frédéric Descouturelle. Eugène Vallin, menuisier d'art de l'Ecole de Nancy. Nancy, AAMEN, 1998