Paul Dupré-Lafon was born in 1900 in Marseille. In 1923, after graduating from the Beaux-Arts, he moved to Paris as an architect-decorator. In 1929, he was commissioned to decorate a private mansion overlooking the Parc Monceau; it was one of the most important private decoration programmes of the time. The result is astonishing: Dupré-Lafon created a luxurious interior that was fundamentally modern and rational. The furniture is sparse and uncluttered, the technical details are not concealed but clearly displayed and treated in noble materials. For his creations, Dupré-Lafon preferred exotic woods or oak, which he readily combined with parchment or saddle-stitched leather (in collaboration with Hermès). He passed away in Deauville in 1971.