Portrait of French designer, glassworker, and decorator.

Max Ingrand

French designer, glassworker, and decorator


Max Ingrand (born December 20, 1908, Bressuire, France–died August 25, 1969, Paris, France) was a French designer, glassworker, and decorator who was known for his studio glass and stained glass window designs. He was educated at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, where he studied interior design and specialized in decorative arts. While at school, he studied under glass artist Jacques Grüber and architect Charles Lemarequier. At the beginning of his career, Ingrand did private commissioned work designing stain glass windows and glass etching. His first important designs included the church windows that he designed for Notre-Dame de Paris in 1937 and later the Saint-Pierre d’Yvetot Church in Normandy, which would become one of largest stained glass windows in Europe. read more

From 1939 to 1945, Ingrand was drafted into military service and was later held as a prisoner of war in Germany until the end of World War II. Unfortunately, many of his original designed church windows were destroyed during the war, but Ingrand was hired to replace them immediately after the end of the war.

In addition to designing stained glasses for Notre-Dame and Yvetot, he produced a great number of stained glass panels for other religious buildings, hotels, and public places around the world. From 1954 until 1967, Max Ingrand became the artistic director of Fontana Arte, the prestigious light manufacturing company founded by Luigi Fontana. It was during his time at Fontana Arte that Ingrand created true design classics; most of them were mirrors, lamps, chandeliers, and other glass objects produced in short quantities for the wealthy, but there were also more accessible designs, such as the Fontana table lamp, which had broader appeal and acceptance. That same year, Ingrand founded Verre Lumière, which resulted out of a merger between glass company Saint Gobain and lighting firm Mazda. The company became one of the first producers of halogen lamps and mass-produced tabletops and floor lighting, in addition to catering private commissioned work. His work was seen as an inspiration of the style reminiscent of the Middle Ages yet remains modern through his use of materials such as metal and glass.

Last updated: February 22, 2019

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