although i’ve always been partial to the haughty style of ruhlmann, i cannot ignore the craftsmanship of eugène prinz (1889-1948). his lacquer work and inlays with beaten eggshell, brass and copper imbued even the most mediocre design with an air of distinction. apart from his furnishings he also pioneered the ambient reflective lighting we associate with this period and created uplighting lined with lacquered copper and bronze to produce a soft glow. my respect for his work lies in the great number of his pieces that still endure in good condition after nearly a century of use, it testifies to his skill and passion for noble finishes and quality materials.