Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann was born on August 8, 1879 to Alsatian parents who owned a painting and contracting firm in Paris. Through his father’s business, he made contact with the young architects and designers who would provide his first glimpses into the world of furniture. Upon his father’s death in 1907, Ruhlmann took over the business. He designed his first furniture in 1910, providing furnishings for the apartment he shared with his new wife. His early designs were influenced by the Art Nouveau style that was popular in turn-of-the- century France. Later, he was influenced by the architects and designers who created innovative furniture in Vienna around the time of the First World War. By... more.