Richard, Alain

Alain Richard is a French designer born in 1926. In 1949 he graduated as head of the class from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs. He joined one of his former teachers’studio, René Gabriel, and then moved to Netherlands where he started working with designers like Henri Salomson. He married Jacqueline, the daughter of the famous cabinet maker and designer Paul Iribe, and started his own agency in 1952. That same year, he carried out a number of commissions such as the Auber metro station for RATP (Parisian public transportation company). His architectural works headed towards simple and bare colors. He soon became one of the only French designers to work on major architectural projects. In the furniture field, he created limited editions for companies like Groupe 4, Lavrilleux, Vecchione, Meubles TV as well as lighting for Disderot. He was so successful that he received the first three-yearly Milan Fair Grand Prize in 1954 and the René Gabriel Prize in 1964. He got numerous orders from Le Mobilier National in the 1970s.