Michel Boyer was born in 1935. He studied at the Paris Ecole des Beaux-Arts, then at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. In 1960, he was hired by architect Pierre Dufau’s firm, which was completing the Palais des Sports arena. He then helped rebuild the Rothschild Bank in Paris. Once the building was finished, he was put in charge of its interior architecture and design. In 1968, he opened the Rouvre gallery, where he showed his own creations—such as the X-shaped stool made of bent and folded steel—as well as those of other artists such as Yonel Lebovici and Italian designers. He achieved immediate success: he worked for Lanvin, Dior, and Balmain; did the French embassy in Brasilia; and counted Liliane Bettencourt and Karim Aga Khan among his clients. His favorite materials were steel, laminate, and lacquer. He passed away in 2011.