Jean-Louis Avril is a French designer and architect. He pioneered the lacquered cardboard furniture design.
He is renowned for his line of furniture produced in cardboard by the manufacturer Marty in 1967. His collection is mostly intended for children, his pieces of furniture met with great success because of their presence in many exhibitions and shows. His furniture is light, colored, original but also ecologic. His mastery of cardboard always impresses and seduces. Biography Jean-Louis Avril was born in 1935 in France. He is graduated of the Beaux-Arts School. Then, he worked in the Perret-Hervé-Albert workshop. He has many times the opportunity to go to a factory cardboard where his father-in-law worked. Thanks to this experience, he has the idea to design lacquered cardboard furniture. Quickly, this original concept seduced the design world. Consequently, he presented his work at the international exhibition of Montréal, at the Pavillon in France, but also at the Milan Triennial. It has been so successful than Melville (a movie director) chose his coffee table for the Samouraï movie. In 1970, Avril turned to architectural history teaching. Since the 80s, he tries out steel and aluminum.
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