Descendant of a cabinet maker family, Maxime OLD went into service for RUHLMANN after completing his studies at the Ecole Boulle. In 1934, he returned to the family business where he took over esponsabilitiy after he was demobilized in 1940.

From 1941, he had regular orders from the Mobilier National and the Ministère des Affaires Etrangères, notably for the French embassies in the Netherlands, in Finland and in Canada.

At the same time he undertook decorating work by creating furniture and lamps for private clients that he continued doing throughout his career. He also did work for large companies, hotels, liners like the France for example, and Marseille airport.

Gradually cutting back on his private clients, he concentrated more on interior architecture always looking for simplicity and perfection in his work.

Neither traditionnalist, nor fonctionnalist, he vigorously renewed his range of the uses for his furniture which was the forerunner of the 1970’s style and which still remains refined and ingenious.