Maison Charles is a French, family-owned lighting company for many years known for their reproduction of antiques styles and later for their brass and bronze nature-inspired forms.
The company was founded by Ernest Charles and quickly earned a reputation for the quality of the work designed and made. Later, Ernest's brother and eldest son joined the company and in the 1950s, his grandsons also became involved in shaping the future path of designs and manufacturing. The wife of one of Ernest's grandsons, Jean, was Chrystianne charles, who after winning the gold medal at the Ecole Supérieure Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris, went on to become the Artistic Director and President, both posts she held until 1982. Chrystianne created over 300 designs for the company including some of its most famous, more organic models.
The unveiling of the 'Inox Collection' in 1965 was to bring them new collectors. Defined by the sleek use of tubular stainless steel, the lights were perfectly tuned to the mood of the 60s and early 70s.
In 1984 'Charles Bonze d'Art' was admitted to the Comité Colbert, an association in France of the country's most prestigious art houses, endorsing the company's commitment to quality of design and materials.