Edouard Benedictus

All the muses bent over the cradle of Édouard Benedictus at his birth: he remained both as the inventor of the laminated glass and as one of the masters of the Art Deco style. From a Dutch-born Jewish family, Édouard Benedictus presented himself as a descendant of Spinoza and as a witness of Celine's marriage, who lends some of his features to the character of Sosthène de Rodiencourt in Guignol's Band. His aunt Judith Gauthier, daughter of the famous writer, diverted him from an artistic career that she considered too inauspicious. After studying chemistry in Germany, he conducted research in his own laboratory in Paris. There, according to his own legend, he discovered Triplex glass in 1903 by dropping a bottle that had contained a celluloid (plastic) solution: the glass had starred under the impact without producing sharp chips. The laminated glass, safety glass for the automobile, was born. The patent was filed in 1909. After the Great War, he left the sciences to devote himself to the arts: he designed stage sets and costumes, art deco style furnishing fabrics, and even wrote a symphony. The Triplex Glass Company, which he founded in 1912, was taken over by Saint-Gobain in 1927 and moved to the industrial stage when it disappeared.

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