Joseph André Motte was born in Hautes-Alpes in 1925. Having earned his interior architecture degree at the Ecole des arts appliqués in Paris, he initially worked for Pomone, the Bon Marché’s art studio. In 1958, he decided to freelance and began working for private clients, companies, and the French government. He created many pieces of furniture and seats, making pure forms of wood, plywood, metal, rattan, or Formica®. During the 1950s he worked with the maker Steiner and created furniture made of wood bent using steam in a handcrafting process; during the next decade he turned his attention to stainless steel as a material for furniture. In 1970, he received the Compasso d’Oro award for office furniture made by Tecno. He passed away in 2013.