André Arbus was born in 1903 in Toulouse. After studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he presented his first pieces of furniture at the Exposition des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in 1925. In 1930 he opened his first gallery in Paris, but it was his pavilion "La maison d'une famille française" at the 1937 International Exhibition of Arts and Techniques, a veritable showcase for his creations marked by a return to tradition, that made him famous. From 1945 onwards, the Mobilier National commissioned furniture from him for the French Embassy in The Hague, the Château de Rambouillet and the Elysée Palace. Arbus also made gifts offered by France to foreign sovereigns. During the 1950s he decorated several ocean liners and devoted himself to sculpture until his passing in 1969.