Louis Sue was born in Bordeaux in 1875. A 1901 graduate of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, he began constructing buildings in Paris in 1903. Shortly before World War I, he met painter and decorator André Mare, born in 1885, with whom he partnered to found the Compagnie des Arts Français in 1918. Reacting against Art Nouveau, Sue and Mare surrounded themselves with designers and offered furniture, lights, ceramics, glass items, wallpaper, and fabrics. For the 1925 International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts, they dreamed up two very successful pavilions. Due to André’s health problems, they sold the Compagnie des Arts Français to Jacques Adnet in 1928. André passed away in 1932. Louis Sue went back to being an architect. He passed away in 1968.