Paul Dupré-Lafon was born in Marseilles in 1900. In 1923, fine arts diploma in hand, he settled in Paris as an interior architect and designer. In 1929, he was given the job of decorating a private mansion giving onto Monceau Park in one of the largest private interior design projects of the day. The result was astounding: he created a fundamentally modern and rational luxury interior. The pieces of furniture were few in number and refined; the technical details were not hidden but clearly visible, done in noble materials. Dupré-Lafon liked to use exotic woods or oak for his creations, freely combining them with parchment or saddle-stitched leather (in collaboration with Hermès). He passed away in Deauville in 1971.