Raphaël Raffel, known as RAPHAËL, was born in Paris in 1912. His family’s artistic and cosmopolitan influence determined his future vocation as an interior architect.

After studying at the Beaux-Arts, he was taken on as a designer at the JANSEN Studio where he worked from 1929 to 1932.

In 1934 RAPHAËL opened his decoration agency at 24 rue François 1er where he remained until its closure in 1993 while continuing his work upto the middle of the 90’s.

At the beginning of the 1930’s, RAPHAËL linked up with his friend Bruno Coquatrix, the future founder of the Olympia theater in Paris. Through him he got to know well-known performers who were among his first clients, such as Josephine Baker, Lyne Clevers, Marie Bell or Miss Bluebell.

Raphaël’s reputation spread rapidly and numerous prestigious orders followed, not only from private clients but also from companies and government departments.

After the end of the Second World War, he invented the French fiftie’s style. The interesting use of Beka lacquer to create furniture in wonderful tones remain his trade mark.

In the 1960’s and in the 1970’s his style evolved towards more simple gentler forms but always in an elegant manner.