Famous French Designers

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Ettore Bugatti
(Automobile Designer)
Ettore Bugatti
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Birthdate: September 15, 1881
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: August 21, 1947

Ettore Bugatti was an automobile designer and manufacturer. He is credited with founding the popular car manufacturer Automobiles E. Bugatti, which gained prominence as the maker of some of the fastest and technologically advanced cars of its day. In 2000, Ettore Bugatti was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

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René Lalique
(Designer)
René Lalique
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Birthdate: April 6, 1860
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ay, Marne, France
Died: May 1, 1945
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Julia Restoin Roitfeld
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Birthdate: November 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: France

Julia Restoin Roitfeld is a French designer and creative director. Julia has worked with some of the most prestigious brands, such as Miu Miu and Jean-Paul Gaultier. She has also modeled for international brands like Tom Ford, Lancôme, and Givenchy. Julia Restoin Roitfeld has also graced the cover pages of international publications like Elle, Vogue, Madame Figaro, and Harper's Bazaar.

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Charlotte Perriand
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Birthdate: October 24, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 27, 1999

Charlotte Perriand was a French architect and designer known for her unique approach of correlating “the art of dwelling with the art of living.” She was interested in designing from a young age and received her training at the École de L'Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs. She worked with prominent Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier for several years. 

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Francoise Mouly
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Birthdate: October 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Claude Nicolas Ledoux
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Birthdate: March 21, 1736
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dormans, France
Died: November 18, 1806

Claude Nicolas Ledoux was a French architect, known for developing an eclectic architectural style, linked with budding pre-Revolutionary social ideals. First noticed for his imaginative woodwork at Café militaire, he was soon flooded with commissions, designing numerous private houses in the neoclassical style for the French elite, also receiving commission for designing public buildings including the Ledoux’s Theatre of Besançon.

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Octave Chanute
(Civil engineer)
Octave Chanute
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Birthdate: February 18, 1832
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 23, 1910

Octave Chanute was a French-American aviation pioneer and civil engineer. He is credited with helping budding enthusiasts like the Wright brothers by providing them with help and advice. He also helped publicize their flying experiments. At the time of his death, Octave Chanute was referred to as the father of aviation.

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Émile Gallé
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Birthdate: May 8, 1846
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nancy, France
Died: September 23, 1904
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André-Charles Boulle
(Cabinetmaker)
André-Charles Boulle
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Birthdate: November 11, 1642
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 29, 1732
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Jean-Louis Dumas
(Fashion executive)
Jean-Louis Dumas
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Birthdate: February 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 1, 2010
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Jean-Baptiste Oudry
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Birthdate: March 17, 1686
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Beauvais, France
Died: April 30, 1755
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Paul Cornu
(Engineers)
Paul Cornu
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Birthdate: June 15, 1881
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Glos-la-Ferrière, La Ferté-en-Ouche, France
Died: June 6, 1944
French engineer Paul Cornu designed and built the first helicopter to perform a manned free flight. His twin-rotor craft, powered by a 24-horsepower engine, flew briefly at Coquainvilliers in 1907.  Cornu's performance was a considerable progress as his aircraft flew without additional support. Even though his name was written in aviation history, Cornu’s design proved impractical and soon was abandoned.
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Robert Mallet-Stevens
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Birthdate: March 24, 1886
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 8, 1945

Robert Mallet-Stevens was a French designer and architect. An influential personality, Robert Mallet-Stevens designed several shops, factories, private homes, and apartment buildings. He also designed film sets including the set for L'Inhumaine, which is considered a masterpiece. His works inspired the 1929 film The Mysteries of the Château de Dé which was directed by surrealist filmmaker and photographer Man Ray.

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Alphonse Pénaud
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Birthdate: May 31, 1850
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 22, 1880
Alphonse Pénaud, the 19th-century French pioneer of aviation design and engineering, was the originator of the use of twisted rubber to power model aircraft. He created a model airplane called the Planophore which had the first aerodynamically stable flying model in 1871. Pénaud died by suicide amid public ridicule of his ideas and failure to find financial support for research.
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Louis Majorelle
(Designer)
Louis Majorelle
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Birthdate: September 26, 1859
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toul, France
Died: January 15, 1926
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André Cassagnes
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Birthdate: September 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 16, 2013
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Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
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Birthdate: February 29, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 11, 1988
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Gaston Lachaise
(Sculptor)
Gaston Lachaise
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Birthdate: March 19, 1882
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 18, 1935
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François de Cuvilliés
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Birthdate: October 23, 1695
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Soignies, Belgium
Died: April 14, 1768

François de Cuvilliés was a Bavarian architect and decorative designer. He played a key role in bringing the Rococo style to the House of Wittelsbach and to Central Europe. He designed several important buildings, such as The Old Residence Theatre which he constructed for Elector Max III Joseph. François de Cuvilliés also wrote many treatises on decorative and artistic subjects.

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Louis Charles Breguet
(Aircraft designer)
Louis Charles Breguet
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Birthdate: January 2, 1880
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 4, 1955
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Pierre Simon Fournier
(Type designer)
Pierre Simon Fournier
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Birthdate: September 15, 1712
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 8, 1768
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Charles Percier
(Architect)
Charles Percier
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Birthdate: August 22, 1764
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 5, 1838

Charles Percier introduced what is now known as the Empire style of interior decoration, along with Pierre Fontaine, whom he met while studying architecture in Paris. The Prix de Rome winner often blended Greco-Roman and Egyptian styles of architecture and co-designed much of the Louvre and the Tuileries Palace.

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Louis Visconti
(Architect)
Louis Visconti
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Birthdate: February 11, 1791
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: December 29, 1853

Born to famous Italian architect Ennio Quirino Visconti, Louis Visconti studied architecture in Paris. He later became one of the chief architects of the Louvre. However, his best-known creation was Napoleon’s tomb at Les Invalides. He was one of the proponents of the Second Empire style.

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Charles-Nicolas Cochin
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Birthdate: February 22, 1715
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 29, 1790
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Maurice Farman
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Birthdate: March 21, 1877
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 25, 1964
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Georges Jacob
(Furniture maker)
Georges Jacob
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Birthdate: July 6, 1739
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cheny, France
Died: July 5, 1814
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Juste-Aurèle Meissonier
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Birthdate: March 17, 1695
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: July 31, 1750

Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier was a French painter, goldsmith, architect, sculptor, and furniture designer. Renowned for his spectacular decorative style, Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier worked for the nobility of France, Portugal, and Poland. His works are currently preserved at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in Manhattan, New York City, USA.

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Claude Gillot
(Painter)
Claude Gillot
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Birthdate: April 28, 1673
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Langres, France
Died: May 4, 1722
Bernard van Risenburgh II
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Birthdate: 1700 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1760 AD
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Gerard Edelinck
(Engraver)
Gerard Edelinck
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Birthdate: October 20, 1640
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: April 2, 1707
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Boris Petrovitch Njegosh
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Birthdate: January 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Les Lilas, France