René PROU was born in Nantes in 1889. He settled in Paris after graduating from the Ecole Bernard Palissy in 1908, joining la Maison GOUFFE, of which he was appointed artictic decorator.

A string of ocean liners commissions followed in the 1920s as the 1925 Exposition drew widely on PROU's skills as an architect and decorator. In 1928 he succeeded Paul FOLLOT as artistic director of Pomone, where he remained until 1932.

PROU made the transition from wood - especially macassar, ebony, amaranth and palisander - to metal furniture in the 1930s. He had a special liking for wrought-iron, executed for him by YUNG, BRANDT or SUBES.

From the late 1930s until he died in 1948, PROU taught parttime, most notably at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs.