Marcel Coard was born in Paris in 1889. He began studies in architecture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts which, however, were interrupted by World War I. In 1913, he opened a decorator shop where at first he sold period furniture, then turned to sophisticated unique pieces he created for his clients, among whom were Jacques Doucet and Jean Cocteau’s brother Paul. His pieces were made of precious materials such as lapis lazuli, amethyst, shagreen, tinted mirror, and parchment; or exotic woods. They were influenced by black Africa, Oceania, and the Far East. For his interior decorations he used raffia, sandblasted pinewood and glass. Marcel Coard stopped working in 1958. He passed away in 1974.