BINY Jacques

Jacques Biny is born on July 10 1913, in Valence. He studies at the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris and graduates in 1935.

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

In the early 1950s, he founds his own company “Luminalite” and opens his workshops on rue de la Folie Régnault. From then on, he designs and produces his own models such as those of Louis Baillon and Charles Ramos. His work as an editor allows him to collaborate with several creators like Michel Buffet, Jean-Boris Lacroix or Pierrederot.

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

Throughout his career, he received awards and distinctions such as an Equip' Hôtel bronze medal in 1960 and is selected for several international exhibitions and triennial. Simultaneously, he takes part in all the major national exhibitions.

Jacques Biny is commissioned for several significant light installation projects: the grand cinema “Le Palace” in Valence, the rooms at the “Cité Universitaire” in Nanterre and the Atlantic construction sites in Saint-Nazaire. He is also interested in the lighting of the hospital and hotel sectors for which he designs various lights. Jacques Biny dies in 1976 in Paris.


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