"The Formist movement goes back to a French garden style of the 1600's and 1700's, and brings it forward minus its frills and flounces, and adapted to modern ways."
Now I know that Monsieur Hulot's sister had real life inspiration!
|From blog: MON ONCLE: M. HULOT IS PUZZLED BY MODERNISM|
More pictures there!
Perhaps the rest of the article will help: