Michel Boyer de Rebeval, known as Michel Boyer, was born in 1935 and grew up in an artisans and architects family in Paris . He studied at the “École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs” where he had, among others, André Arbus as a teacher. In 1957 he completed his training as interior architect, decorator and designer at the “École des Beaux-Arts”.
In 1960, he was hired by architect Pierre Dufau, where he collaborated with Max Abramovitz to complete the “Palais des Sports” in Paris. Five years later, he participated in the reconstruction of the Rothschild Bank; once the building was completed, he was entrusted with the interior architecture and design, and his work received great acclaim. Subsequently, Michel Boyer established his own firm and designed the headquarters of several banks, including Paribas, Citibank, and Le Crédit Lyonnais.
Concerned about the quality of his creations, starting from 1968, he showcased and exhibited his furniture, lighting fixtures, and objects, including the “X” shaped steel stool, not forgetting to mention the “PLM” armchairs, at the Rouve Gallery on Rue Bonaparte in Paris. He presented the creations of Yonel Lebovici and Italian designers also. His preferred materials were steel, laminate, and lacquer. Success was immediate.
Simultaneously, Michel Boyer collaborated with major brands such as Lanvin, Dior, Balmain, and Moët & Chandon. He designed residences for prestigious clients like Liliane and André Bettencourt in Neuilly-sur-Seine, or Karim Aga Khan in Porto Cervo, as well as palaces in the Middle East. In 1975, he designed the French diplomatic representation in Brasilia, and ten years later, the one in Washington D.C.
In 1978, he was the award recipient of the René Gabriel Prize, and was appointed President of the “Société des Artistes Décorateurs” in 1992.
He passed away on January 10, 2011, in Paris.