André Arbus (1903 -1969)
Born in 1903 in Toulouse, France, Andre Arbus graduated from Ecole des Beaux Arts, before joining his father's cabinet making firm, which he later headed. Though Arbus himself never practiced cabinetry, his popular modern designs, with their light, angular forms, gradually replaced the firm's traditional 18th century styles. Inspired by the classicism of French Empire, Arbus rejected painting and marquetry, preferring to decorate his furniture with finely grained veneers, parchment, lacquer, or bleached animal hide vellum and with sumptuously tufted damask upholstery and gilt mounts.
Andre Arbus made his debut at the Paris Salons in 1926, then later moved to Paris to open his gallery, L'Epoque. He continued to exhibit at celebrated events, such as the Exposition de Bruxelles (1935), Exposition Internationale (1937), and the New York World's Fair (1939), and was awarded the prestigious Prix Blumenthal in 1935. Though the 1930s generated countless commissions and international acclaim, some of Arbus's finest furniture was created during the 1940s and 50s, before his death in 1969.