Happy Birthday Edgar Brandt!! The French metalworker was born in 1880 and worked in the Art Deco style. He was born in Paris and moved with his family when he was 4 to Orleans. He served 2 years in the French military and there became enamored with weapons design. Following his stint in the military he was instrumental in weaponry as well as ornamental iron. Brandt designed and built monumental gates, balustrades, and smaller pieces. His designs introduced French Art Deco to the world with stylized organic ornamentation. He opened galleries in New York and Paris. He lived the last 20 years of his life in Switzerland.