Hervé Van der Straeten was born in 1965 and is an independent artist-designer. Having first become known for his jewellery creations, Van der Straeten has since gained worldwide recognition for his collections of furniture and lighting, which have now become his main activity. Van der Straeten’s furniture and lighting are instantly recognizable from the way that contrasting materials, bold variations of form, defiant volumes and pure, elegant lines are combined with perfect proportions. The great precision and meticulous attention to detail with which the pieces are made are also clearly tangible. As well as having his own gallery in Paris, which displays a selection of both his unique and limited edition pieces, Van der Straeten designs and makes everything in his own dedicated bronze and cabinetmaking workshops. The artist-designer is also known for his projects with a number of French luxury houses, specialised in glass and porcelain, as well as for his work with the cosmetics and fragrance industry. Van der Straeten has received numerous awards from the French state during his career, including most recently the L’Entreprise de Patrimoine Vivant and the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.