A vocation for architecture impeded by the war, the introduction to a master cabinet-maker from the Faubourg Saint-Antoine who passed on the rudiments of tradition, strictness and perfection, determined the work of Jacques Quinet.

- A defender of the noble art and "ordonnateur du Beau", he never ceased to lighten his designs around a working geometric drawing which attained its peak in the middle of the Fifties. The strict lines of his neo-classical furniture became more refined, the base lighter, the facades stripped down.
- The role of bronze asserted itself : firstly simply ornamental, it determined later the general form of the furniture then became the constructive element.
- The regular use of lacquer also proved his talent as a refine colourist.
- Structure, volume and lightened effects stressed separately his work as an interior architect to that a creator of furniture.

Besides his private commissions from a rich clientele, many of whom were friends, the Mobilier National requested several pieces of exceptional furniture from Quinet then the decoration of the Residence of General EISENHOWER at Marne-la-Coquette in 1951.

Many important french companies entrusted the decorating of their head offices and their directors suites to him :
KREMA (1943), LAROUSSE (1947), les POTASSES D'ALSACE (1950), la Société des Eaux d'EVIAN (1955-1964), la Banque NEUFLIZE-SCHLUMBERGER (1956), le Groupe d'Assurances l'UNION (1962), AIR FRANCE (1965), BEGHIN-SAY (1969), etc…

He was responsible for the fitting out of numerous ships as the LA BOURDONNAIS (1953) and the PASTEUR (1966) for the Shipping Service : the french Messageries Maritimes. He also participated in that of the liner FRANCE in 1962.

He was also commissioned to do the interior decoration of the Caravelle in 1965 for Air France and the Mirages for the company of Marcel Dassault (1970-1973). He designed a lot of trains for the SNCF (Corail, european UIC,…) and created the turbo-trains for the Railroads of Egypt, Morocco, the Ivory Coast and the Upper-Volta (1970-1977).

During the course of his career, he commissioned numerous artists, such as his friends Raoul UBAC, Jean BAZAINE and André BEAUDIN to execute original works such as frescoes, tapestries, mosaics or bas-reliefs – that he regularly mixed with his own creations.

Jacques Quinet was made Officer of Arts and Letters.