BINY Jacques

Jacques Biny is born on 10 July 1913 in Valence. He studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and graduates in 1935.

For nearly 12 years, he works in Valence as an interior designer and became interested in lighting. During this time, he begins to design various models, including bedside sconces, floor lamps, desk lamps and table lamps, as he realised that there were very few lamps on his building sites. In 1950, Jacques Biny leaves for Paris and exhibits his first lights at a trade fair; they are firts edited by the Omnialux company and then by Kobis and Lorence.

In the early 1950s, he founds his own company, "Luminalite", and open his workshops on rue de la Folie Régnault. From then on, he designs and produces his own models as well as those of Louis Baillon and Charles Ramos. His work as a publisher allows him to collaborate with several designers such as Michel Buffet, Jean-Boris Lacroix and Pierrederot.

Jacques Biny's creations are distinguished by their double effect of light diffusion and refraction as well as by the use of innovative materials such as metal in several forms - lacquered, perforated, curved - Perspex (Plexiglas), brass and aluminium.

Throughout his career, he received prizes and distinctions such as the Equip'Hôtel bronze medal in 1960, and was also selected for several international exhibitions and triennials. At the same time, he participates in all the major national exhibitions.

Jacques Biny is commissioned to design several major lighting projects: the grand cinema "Le Palace" in Valence, the rooms in the Cité Universitaire in Nanterre and the Atlantic shipyards in Saint Nazaire. He is also interested in lighting for the hospital and hotel sectors, for which he designed luminaires. Jacques Biny dies in 1976 in Paris.