Paul Dupré-Lafon  (French, 1900-1971) 

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Paul Dupré-Lafon Biography
1900   Paul Dupré-Lafon was born on June 17th in Marseille. He studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Marseille. He meets Georges Willameur and the two friends paint and exhibit in galleries in Marseille.
1923   He gratuated as an architect and decorator and settles in Paris.
1925   He designs his first pieces of furniture. He meets Odette Hirtzmann, daughter of an officer in the Army.
1928   He marries Odette and they decide to live on rue Lauriston in Paris. He works alone at home sometimes using trainees.
1929   He realizes his first masterpiece, a private hotel rue Rembrandt. He begins to work with Hermès.
1932   He works a lot and moves in fashionable circles.
1935   A large article about the private hotel rue Rembrandt is written in « Art et Décoration » in April.
1938   Second masterpiece : a private hotel avenue Foche in Paris.
1940 - 1945   He is mobilized.
1946   An other article about Dupré-Lafon’s work is written in « Art et Décoration ».
1948   Michel Dufet, another famous french designer, writes an article in « Le décor d’aujourd’hui » about the private hotel avenue Foche
1950   He settles in a private hotel, rue Copernic, in Paris. He works with a former colleague of J-É. Ruhlmann, Mr Parisot.
1960   He writes many books about villas, offices, shops and furniture. First edition of his valet and desk set by Hermès.
1961 - 1970   He reduces his activity. Last realization of a villa in Deauville. He dies in December